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    England in India 2021: Liam Livingstone in Twenty20 squad

    Batsman Liam Livingstone has been named in England’s Twenty20 squad for next month’s tour of India.

    Livingstone, 27, has not played a T20 international since 2017 but is recalled after impressing for Perth Scorchers in the Australian Big Bash.

    There is still no place for Alex Hales, who finished as top run-scorer in the Big Bash with Sydney Thunder.

    “It’s an exciting time for Liam. He’s a dynamic cricketer,” said national selector Ed Smith.

    Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes are included, but Test captain Joe Root misses out.

    Pace bowler Jake Ball and spinner Matt Parkinson will travel as reserve players.

    The five-match series will form part of England’s build up to the Twenty20 World Cup, which takes place in India later this year.

    The squad travel to India on 26 February, with the first match in Ahmedabad on 12 March.

    Livingstone earns return
    Livingstone earned his only two Twenty20 international caps against South Africa in June 2017.

    The Lancashire batsman has been on the fringes of the England white-ball side for the past year, having been included in the one-day squad for last summer’s series against Ireland and the winter tour of South Africa, which was eventually postponed because of Covid-19 concerns.

    He returns to the T20 side after hitting 426 runs in 14 matches to help Perth Scorchers reach the Big Bash final, forming a productive opening partnership with England team-mate Jason Roy.

    James Vince – who helped the Sydney Sixers to the the Big Bash title with 532 runs, including 95 in 60 balls in the final – misses out.

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