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Ben Stokes: Liam Livingstone hails England’s sudden return for Ashes as a ‘massive boost’

Liam Livingstone hails Ben Stokes’ sudden return to the England fold in time for the Ashes as a ‘massive boost’ after the off-road talisman took a break from cricket to focus on his mental health.

  • Ben Stokes retired from the sport indefinitely to monitor his mental health
  • But the star off-roader has been added to the England squad for the Ashes series.
  • Stokes’ teammate at the Rajasthan Royals, Liam Livingstone, praised the news of his return.


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Liam Livingstone hailed a “massive boost” for English cricket after Ben Stokes declared himself available to the Ashes this winter after three months out of the game to deal with his mental well-being and a finger injury.

Stokes’ announcement has provided an additional boost for England’s T20 team on the back of their demolition of the West Indies in Dubai on Saturday when Livingstone, a fellow Cumbrian, made his World Cup debut.

And he spoke on behalf of the entire locker room when he called the decision “great news, both for England and for Ben himself.”

Liam Livingstone has hailed Ben Stokes' (pictured) sudden return to England as a 'massive boost'

Liam Livingstone has hailed Ben Stokes’ (pictured) sudden return to England as a ‘massive boost’

All-star off-roader Stokes took a three-month break from cricket to monitor his mental health

All-star off-roader Stokes took a three-month break from cricket to monitor his mental health

All-star off-roader Stokes took a three-month break from cricket to monitor his mental health

Livingstone added: ‘The guys have been talking about it here, and it’s really good to see Ben come back to cricket. I’ve played with him a lot in recent years, and having him around is a boost for any team, especially for a massive series like the Ashes. ”

There were times during the summer when Livingstone seemed like one of the few batsmen in world cricket capable of matching Stokes’ box office appeal, most notably when he hit a 42-ball T20 century against Pakistan at Trent Bridge.

Two days later, a giant six outside Headingley Stadium instantly felt like the take of summer. Livingstone was also the undisputed star of The Hundred, crashing 348 runs, 116 more than anyone else, with just 195 balls for Birmingham Phoenix.

But the races recently dried up in the IPL with the Rajasthan Royals. And while England were chasing just 56 against the West Indies, they hit just one single before falling to a superb catch back from left-arm player Akeal Hossain.

His teammate Cumbrian Livingstone (left) is a Stokes teammate on the IPL Rajasthan Royals side

His teammate Cumbrian Livingstone (left) is a Stokes teammate on the IPL Rajasthan Royals side

His teammate Cumbrian Livingstone (left) is a Stokes teammate on the IPL Rajasthan Royals side

“It has not been ideal,” he said. “The IPL was a bit difficult for me, but I have brought a lot of confidence from the summer, and I still have a lot of that in store. Fortunately on this team we have many winners of matches on any given day, and I consider myself one of them.

‘As the summer progressed, the expectations grew and grew, but that’s part of the game. With the T20 cricket, you can’t go too high or low. The most important thing I said to myself in the summer was that things were going great, but it wasn’t like cricket was over.

‘Things can change very quickly, as they have at the IPL. Hopefully in the next few games I will be able to get back into that kind of form and help England win cricket matches. “

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's Lahiru Kumana (third from left) and Bangladesh's Liton Das (second from right) have been fined 25% and 15% of their respective match quotas after squaring up.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's Lahiru Kumana (third from left) and Bangladesh's Liton Das (second from right) have been fined 25% and 15% of their respective match quotas after squaring up.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Kumana (third from left) and Bangladesh’s Liton Das (second from right) have been fined 25% and 15% of their respective match quotas after squaring up.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka fast pitcher Lahiru Kumara and Bangladesh starter Liton Das have been fined 25% and 15% of their respective match odds after they had to be separated during Sunday’s game in Sharjah.

Kumara had just fired Das when he aggressively walked in his direction, prompting a smug response from the batsman that the ICC deemed “contrary to the spirit of cricket.”

The Bangladeshis are England’s next rivals in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

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