Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone has been signed by Perth Scorchers as their first overseas player for the ninth edition of the Big Bash League, beginning December 17 in Brisbane.
Livingstone is currently playing for Cape Town Blitz in the Mzansi Super League, South Africa’s domestic T20 competition, which concludes on December 16. Apart from his two T20I appearances for England in 2017, the 26-year-old has also played for Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League and for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.
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The right-hander has scored 1795 runs from 77 T20 games at an average of 27.19, with eight fifties and a hundred to his name. He’s also snared 28 wickets at an economy of 7.78 with his right-arm leg-breaks.
“He has performed really well in T20 cricket all around the world over the past 12 months,” Scorchers coach Adam Voges said. “Liam’s a great all-round package. He’ll give us some aggression at the top of the order, he’s a handy spinner and a fantastic fielder.”
The Scorchers have another overseas slot to fill, having opted not to renew contracts of all-rounders David Willey and Usman Qadir.
Livingstone, who scored 273 runs from 10 innings for Lancashire in this year’s T20 Blast, is excited with his association with the three-time BBL champions.
“I’m so excited to have signed with the Scorchers for the upcoming Big Bash, it’s a tournament I’ve always wanted to play in so I can’t wait to get to Perth,” Livingstone said. “I’ve spent a winter in Perth, I know the place well and I’m looking forward to getting back there.”