England batsman Livingstone takes confidence in 'match winner' status

Liam Livingstone takes ‘great confidence in being a match winner’ as the England batsman hopes to blast his side to the T20 World Cup final when they take on New Zealand

  • Liam Livingstone has been a star during England’s run to the T20 semi-finals
  • The batsman is now hoping he can produce a big scoring match winning display
  • Livingstone admits he has tried to learn from team-mates as well as other stars 

It must be a struggle to find a blank page on the passport of Liam Livingstone, who in recent years has clocked up thousands of air miles, going from white-ball competition to white-ball competition in his quest to become the best cricketer he can be.

Now, he hopes, that experience can help fire England to success at the T20 World Cup.

The 28-year-old has spent more than 300 nights of the past year in bubbles and hotel rooms while playing for England, Lancashire, Birmingham Phoenix, Rajasthan Royals, Peshawar Zalmi and Perth Scorchers. Livingstone insists he is living his dream but there are times he has found it difficult.

Liam Livingstone has been one of England’s stars reaching the T20 World Cup semi-finals

The batsman has the confidence to fire England towards the final when they face New Zealand

‘From the outside it probably looks like a pretty cool lifestyle and, don’t get me wrong, we’re very blessed,’ Livingstone tells Sportsmail from Abu Dhabi ahead of Wednesday’s New Zealand clash.

‘We’re playing for our country and, as kids, it’s what we dreamed of doing. But at times it gets really tough. And there have been times where it’s been a struggle for me.’

One of the challenges that Livingstone has faced is dealing with an overload of advice and knowing what to take on board at his different T20 sides. ‘You go into so many environments and there are so many different voices that say, “Do this, do that”. It’s up to us to filter out what we don’t need.

‘Cricket’s a simple game that’s sometimes overcomplicated by thinking too much. You get knowledge and experience through time spent with world-class players.

Livingstone admits he has been trying to learn from fellow stars including Jos Buttler

‘It’s about trying to bring in things that Jos Buttler does well, things that Ben Stokes does well, things that Steve Smith does well or whoever it is, but also knowing that Liam Livingstone as a cricketer has his strengths.’

One of those strengths is being able to hit sixes. ‘I know if I bat long enough, I can take the game away from the opposition,’ says Livingstone.

Hitting the ball out of the ground has become a habit for England’s T20 breakout star of the year.

‘Knowing I’m a match-winner gives me great confidence,’ he says. ‘We’re playing elite-level sport and you’ve got to have the confidence in your ability that you can come in and win games for England. Hopefully come the semis or final, I get a chance to do that.’

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