Liam Livingstone is a versatile allrounder bought by the Royals at the 2019 IPL auctions. The 25-year-old is a right-handed batsman and bowls both right-arm leg and off spin. Livingstone shot to fame by hitting a record-breaking 350 off 138 balls for his club side Nantwich CC – reported to be one of the highest individual scores in one-day history.
On tour in Sri Lanka in February, he scored twin centuries in a four-day defeat against the home A side at Dambulla (105 and 140 not out), becoming only the second player to do that in 35 years for the Lions alongside Kevin Pietersen. He was heavily praised by coach Andy Flower as a result, who said Livingstone was one of the hardest hitters he had ever seen.
Livingstone made his first international appearance in England’s T20I squad for the series against South Africa in June 2017. He received his first call up to the England Test Squad for the upcoming two-match series against New Zealand following a strong performance for the England Lions side during the Ashes Winter of 2017/18.