It's been a long time coming, but Liam Livingstone may finally be given an opportunity to show why he deserves his seat on the plane to India for the T20 World Cup.
The Lancashire man has only made two appearances for England so far, nearly 4 years ago when England hosted South Africa. In those two appearances, Livingstone failed to impress with scores of 16 & 0, and was sent back to the franchise circuit to work on his game.
However, having been called up to the England side for the 5 match series against India which starts on Friday, Livginstone finally feels as though he belongs:
"For the first time in my career I feel like I belong in this environment and it's good to be back," Livingstone said. "I was pretty immature before and I'm a much different person now, and even more so as a player."
Livingstone is no stranger to the franchise circuit having played for Perth, Karachi, Rajasthan and Peshawar and it's in the BBL where Livingstone has earned his recall.
Starring for the Perth Scorchers this year, Livingstone hit 426 runs which included 28 sixes. He constantly got Perth off to blistering hot starts and hit 77 from 39 balls against Brisbane.
Having experience in the IPL will give him an advantage with the T20 World Cup taking place there later this year. He's recently been repurchased by the Rajasthan Royals for the 2021 IPL season which is set to start straight after this international series:
"The Big Bash is such an exciting competition," Livingstone said. "That's the reason we play these franchise competitions. Playing in the IPL in front of 60,000 people, and playing in a Big Bash final. These are the pressure moments you start to get used to. We get Roses games in England [Lancashire vs Yorkshire] which are close to international cricket. But playing in a Big Bash final is as close as we'll get around the world to international cricket. Hopefully, that will stand me in good stead."
Livingstone will have to fight for his place. England are stacked with top-order talent, but with Jason Roy's recent struggles, there may be a place alongside Jos Buttler for a player who can help England get off to a hot start.
He's not the first person to outline why franchise cricket is so important and how much of an impact it has made in developing players games:
"As a pretty inexperienced cricketer, it has been pretty cool to spend time with these guys. At the IPL, you get to spend an extended period with the likes of Jos and Ben. That's the great thing about franchise cricket - the amount of different people you play with.
"I've played in an IPL, I've played in two Big Bashes and I've spent time in South Africa as well as Pakistan. In three months I spent time around Babar Azam and then went straight into the IPL where we had Steve Smith.
"Being around those players and seeing how they go about their stuff, as a young boy as I was then and quite inexperienced, it's great to learn off. Franchise cricket is a great way to learn, especially when you're not playing international cricket, so we're very lucky to get these opportunities to go and play in these competitions and they're great for developing your game and you as a person."
With it being a 5-game series, hopefully, Livingstone will get an opportunity