England player Liam Livingstone has admitted that much of the credit for the improvement in his game goes to franchise cricket. The player feels that the experience gained from the franchise game has helped him better his skills and ready himself for international cricket.
The cricketer has received a call-up for the five-match T20I series against India that begins on Friday. With this call-up, the player would be making his comeback to international cricket after an excessively long hiatus. He was first included in the national squad back in 2017. Although he has been quite active in franchise cricket
Speaking on the boons of franchise cricket and how it has been helpful for him in upping his skills, the English all-rounder said:
“The good thing about franchise cricket is the experience you get around the world. It’s pretty invaluable when you come back into an international set-up,” he said speaking in a virtual press conference.
“I am a very different player now. This is the good thing about franchise cricket these days. The experience that you gain all around the world is pretty valuable when you come back to international cricket.”
Talking about his Indian Premier League (IPL) experience, Liam Livingstone said that it has been a learning experience for him playing alongside players with the likes of Steve Smith. He has also had a pretty good experience in the Big Bash League (BBL) as Perth Scorchers finished as the tournament runner-ups in its recently concluded season.
“It is a great way to learn especially when you’re not playing international cricket. In three months I spent time around Babar Azam in Pakistan and then went straight into the IPL where we had Steve Smith.
“I’ve played in the IPL in front of 60,000 people, I played in a Big Bash final. These are the pressure moments you start to get used to, I guess.“
“Hopefully, that will stand me in good stead.”
The 27-year old couldn’t hold back his emotions upon his long-awaited comeback and confessed that it may not have been the right time for his international debut back then due to his unpolished skills, but feels that now he is in a much better position in the game and therefore feels the sense of belongingness in the international stage.
“For the first time in my career I feel like I belong in this environment and it’s good to be back,” he said.
“I was pretty immature before and I’m a much different person now and even more so as a player. I was probably in the worst place I could have been in cricket-wise when I played those couple of games. I tried to make a change in my technique two or three weeks before and it completely didn’t work for me.
“Ultimately, looking back, it was a really steep learning curve for me and I guess it probably did me some good in the next couple of years.”