England all-rounder Liam Livingstone has been ruled out of the going Pakistan tour owing to a knee injury and is set to return home for rehab.
Liam Livingstone Ruled out of Pakistan Test Series
England cricket team was scheduled to play 7 T20Is and 3 Tests during their Pakistan tour. England won the T20I series by 3-4 which was staged before the T20I World Cup 2022.
Livingstone will return to the UK on Tuesday and start rehab with the Lancashire and England and Wales Cricket Board medical teams. England have yet to decide whether to call up a replacement for the 29-year-old.
Get well soon, liaml4893.
The all-rounder has been ruled out of the rest of our Test series in Pakistan.
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— England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 5, 2022
Capable of bowling both off spin and leg spin, it was a blow to captain Ben Stokes, who had originally selected Livingstone ahead of off-spinner Will Jacks in his starting XI.
However, both played after wicketkeeper Ben Foakes did not recover in time from a viral infection which affected 13 to 14 members of the touring party on the eve of the game.
On his debut, in the 1st Test of Pakistan vs England 2022 Liam Livingstone injured his knee while fielding during Pakistan’s first innings on day two in Rawalpindi. The all-rounder injured his knee while fielding a ball on the boundary which kept him off the field from the rest of Pakistan’s first innings.
A scan on Sunday morning(day four) revealed the extent of the injury. The batter came to bat lower in the order at no. 8 in England’s second innings and scored 7 runs and remained unbeaten.
As of now, Pakistan scored 264 runs for 8 wickets in their second innings and in need of 79 runs to win the first Test match.
The second Test match of the series will be played on December 09 at Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan while the last Test will be played on December 17.