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Livingstone ruled out of England Lions squad

Liam Livingstone recently earned his maiden call-up to the England Test squad
Liam Livingstone recently earned his maiden call-up to the England Test squad © Getty
Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone will return home from the England Lions tour to West Indies because of an ankle injury which could put his participation in the upcoming Test series against New Zealand in doubt.
The ECB confirmed via an update on their website that Livingstone injured his left ankle in training and although the injury is not thought to be serious, the ECB also confirmed a decision on his participation in the New Zealand tour would be made "in due course". The uncapped 24-year-old was called up for the first time to England's Test squad for the two-match series which begins in Auckland on March 22.
Livingstone, who has been appointed Lancashire captain for this summer, will miss the third 'Test' against West Indies 'A' in Antigua, a day-night match which begins on Monday (February 26), and will return to England for treatment. England Lions are already 2-0 down in the three-match series after suffering two heavy defeats in Jamaica. Livingstone averaged just 17.5 in his four innings with a top score of 48.
Should he recover in time, it is unlikely that Livingstone would be selected for the two Test matches against New Zealand unless there is an injury. He is the spare batsman in the squad and those who played during the Ashes will be given further opportunities. Mark Stoneman and James Vince will keep their places in the top three and Dawid Malan, the find of the winter, will stay at number five.
Livingstone, a hard-hitting right-hander, had a strong season in the County Championship last year, scoring 803 runs at an average of 47.24 with two hundreds, and was the standout batsman on last winter's Lions tour to Sri Lanka. He made his England debut against South Africa in two T20Is last June although he failed to make much of an impression, registering a golden duck in the second match in Cardiff.

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