England batter Liam Livingstone may not be part of the Test squad but he is certainly enjoying the high level of cricket on display at the Edgbaston between England and India.
After dominating the first three days of the Test, India was expected to hit the nail on the head and put the game beyond the hosts on the fourth day of the Test.
However, a poor batting display cost the visitors and their 132-run lead in the first innings didn’t amount to much. They ended up setting a target of 378 for England, much lesser than what could have been.
In response, England openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley put on a masterclass of attacking batting. They mixed caution with aggression and put on 107 runs for the first wicket.
However, a collapse ensued and the hosts lost 3 wickets for 3 runs following which Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow joined hands, both relatively new to the crease.
The two Yorkshire men then took the match away from India, putting on 150 runs for the fourth wickets in just 197 balls. While Root reached 76 with 9 fours, Bairstow moved to 72, well on course to score his second hundred of the match.
Here’s Liam Livingstone’s tweet:
Test cricket in fast forward 😍😍 how good is this 🙌🙌
— Liam Livingstone (@liaml4893) July 4, 2022
Meanwhile, the Test match will be followed by a white-ball series with a new captain, Jos Buttler set to begin his full-time stint after Eoin Morgan retired from international cricket.
English squad for T20I series: Jos Buttler (captain, wk), Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Richard Gleeson, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Matthew Parkinson, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, David Willey.
English squad for the ODI series: Jos Buttler (captain, wk), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Brydon Carse, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Craig Overton, Matthew Parkinson, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey.