Liam Livingstone has admitted his call-up for England's upcoming Test lucifer bid against Pakistan came arsenic a "really bully surprise".
The 29-year-old has not played reddish shot cricket successful much than a year, having chosen to absorption much connected the shorter formats successful caller years. But his benignant of batting is well-suited to the caller marque of Test cricket England person been playing nether Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum and his quality to vessel a premix of disconnected and limb rotation is simply a uncommon accomplishment that means helium volition beryllium competing with Will Jacks for the relation of 2nd spinner successful Pakistan.
Livingstone had little conversations with some Stokes and McCullum astir Test cricket, but said helium had "no idea" whether they saw him arsenic portion of their plans. And erstwhile asked if helium had heard immoderate speech of a imaginable call-up earlier McCullum fto him cognize helium had made the squad, Livingstone told the Guardian : "No! It was a truly bully surprise.
"Stokesy had conscionable asked if I inactive wanted to play Test cricket truthful determination was that small steer that possibly determination was a chance. But you ne'er cognize until they really prime you. Then Baz rang maine and conscionable said that I was going. I was implicit the moon."
Despite admitting helium is "being thrown successful the heavy end" fixed his deficiency of reddish shot cricket successful caller years, Livingstone is assured helium is "ready to swim". He added: "The biggest measurement successful planetary cricket, and radical accidental this astir Test cricket, is dealing with the aggravated scrutiny and unit erstwhile playing for your country.
"But I judge you larn however to woody with each of that overmuch much successful the IPL than you would successful a four-day region game. So, yeah, moving up to Test cricket is maine being thrown successful the heavy end. But immoderate radical tin swim, immoderate radical can't. I consciousness acceptable to swim."
Livingstone earned his archetypal Test call-up successful 2018 aft an awesome County Championship run with Lancashire that saw him mean 47.23. Since then, helium has made 1,049 runs astatine little than 30 and has not scored a first-class half-century successful 3 years.
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"That was erstwhile I concentrated connected red-ball cricket," helium explained. "I was averaging 40 positive the archetypal 5 years of my vocation and truthful I consciousness similar I've got the method for Test cricket.
"After [scoring 2 hundreds for the England Lions against] Sri Lanka I got called up for the Test circuit of New Zealand. I thought that I should person had an accidental to play determination but it didn't happen.
"I past fell retired of the squad astatine the commencement of the adjacent play erstwhile determination was a alteration of selectors. Obviously Stokesy and Baz person seen thing successful maine and I deliberation my quality and benignant of play volition suit that situation truly well."