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England in India 2021: Liam Livingstone in Twenty20 squad

Liam Livingstone scored 426 runs in 14 innings for Perth Scorchers in Australia’s Big Bash

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.

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

Nottinghamshire pace bowler Jake Ball and Lancashire 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.

England T20 squad

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Tom Curran (Surrey), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), Reece Topley (Surrey), Mark Wood (Durham).

Reserves: Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Matt Parkinson (Lancashire).

India T20 tour schedule

*All matches at Ahmedabad; all times GMT

Friday, 12 March – 12:30

Sunday, 14 March – 12:30

Tuesday, 16 March – 12:30

Thursday, 18 March – 12:30

Saturday, 20 March – 12:30

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