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Liam Livingstone withdraws from BBL stint after England Test call

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Liam Livingstone has pulled out of a stint with the Melbourne Renegades, who in August selected the versatile Englishman in the inaugural Big Bash League overseas draft.

The 29-year-old Cumbrian, who is part of the England squad that won the T20 World Cup in Australia earlier this month, was expected to be available for the first eight BBL matches of this season .

After being signed by the Renegades, he was called up by surprise for England’s test tour of Pakistan and has now decided to pull out of this winter’s BBL altogether due to his increased workload.

We know Liam was looking forward to working with our head coach, David Saker, and playing for our club. Hopefully we can make that happen in future seasons.

James Rosengarten

“We’re obviously disappointed not to have Liam on our team this summer, but we understand his decision,” franchise general manager James Rosengarten said.

“Liam is a fantastic cricketer and there’s a reason we used our first draft pick to select him.

“Since then his schedule has changed with additional international duties and we wish him the best as he pushes for his Test debut.

“We know Liam was looking forward to working with our head coach, David Saker, and playing for our club. Hopefully we can make that happen in the seasons to come.

“We have been in regular communication with Liam and his management over the past two months which has allowed us to execute a plan that best suits the Renegades for this season.”

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org