PAK vs ENG: Due to a right knee injury sustained in the first Test, England’s all-rounder Liam Livingstone will not be able to play in the rest of the series against Pakistan.
On day two, after England had totalled 657 in their first innings, Livingstone, who was making his debut in the format, wrenched his knee when fielding a ball on the boundary. He didn’t play at all during Pakistan’s first innings, but he did bat for England in their second. He scored 7 runs, but he clearly was in pain as he hobbled between the wickets. In the first inning, he scored 9 runs for his team and did not throw a ball.
The scan on day four (Sunday) revealed the full extent of the damage. Starting on Tuesday, he’ll be back in the UK to undergo a rehabilitation programme overseen by the European Central Bank and the Lancashire medical staff.
England has not yet decided whether or not to make a replacement call. Livingstone’s spin abilities, which included both leg spin and off spin, were the main selling point of this tour. He is a destructive batter in the shorter formats.
Will Jacks, who replaced an ailing Ben Foakes at the last minute in the starting lineup for this Test, finished with 6 for 161 and 4 off-breaks. The leg-spin all-rounder, Rehan Ahmed of Leicestershire is intriguing despite his inexperience.
Mark Wood to likely replace Liam Livingstone
Mark Wood, who is also part of the squad, is currently the frontrunner to take Livingstone’s spot in the starting eleven. Friday’s second Test in Multan is anticipated to have a similarly placid playing surface. Assuming he can get back to match fitness in the coming days after missing the first Test with a hip injury, the Durham quick’s blazing speed will be a huge boost.