Thursday, January 26, 2023

Melbourne Renegades: Livingstone ready to entertain

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English superstar Liam Livingstone has declared he wants to make a big impact and help the Melbourne Renegades play an entertaining brand of cricket in BBL|12.

Selected at Pick 1 in the inaugural BBL Draft, the Renegades will be looking to Livingstone to help them get back up the ladder this summer.

The 29-year-old is one of the best short-form batters in world cricket.

He has previously played two seasons in the Big Bash, with the Perth Scorchers in BBL|09 and BBL|10, and is excited to be back in the competition.

“The Big Bash is probably the tournament where I first made a name for myself, so it’s always been one I’ve looked back fondly on and have great memories of spending two years with Perth,” Livingstone said from the UK.

“A fresh start within the Big Bash, but I’m really excited to get over to Melbourne and get involved with a new squad and hopefully be able to stamp my authority on that.

“Obviously the Renegades haven’t had the best couple of years, but that doesn’t mean anything – we start afresh this year.

“We’ve got some fresh faces, some new ideas and hopefully that can turn into performances on the pitch.”

Livingstone has made a name for himself in T20 franchise tournaments around the world, dominating in the IPL this year with Punjab Kings, where he scored 437 runs at a strike rate of 182.

In his two seasons in the BBL, he smashed 55 sixes in 28 games – and will look to bring that ‘fearless’ approach to the Renegades.

“For people that haven’t watched me, it’s a very brave way of playing. It’s not always going to go my way, but certainly having the ability to entertain people when you’re having a day out is something I pride myself on,” he said.

“Being a real match-winner (is something I try to do) and hoping that if I have a day out, my team is going a long way to winning the game.

“I’m a big fan of entertainment. Try and entertain as many people as possible, play a fearless brand of cricket that people want to come and watch…. It’s certainly the way that I try to play my cricket.

“Hopefully the boys will come with me on that and people will want to come and watch the Renegades.”

To see the full fixture for BBL|12, click here.

Melbourne Renegades memberships are now on sale. ‘Double Up’ memberships – which provide access to two home BBL matches and all WBBL matches in Victoria – are just $65 for adults, $20 for children and $132 for a family of four. Click here to view all packages.

BBL|12 Squad (so far): Nic Maddinson (C), Zak Evans, Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Akeal Hosein, Liam Livingstone, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Tom Rogers, Will Sutherland, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Jon Wells 

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