Livingstone ruled out of Pakistan tour with knee injury

RAWALPINDI: England all-rounder Liam Livingstone has been ruled out for the remainder of the ongoing three-match series against Pakistan after facing a knee injury in the first Test in Rawalpindi.

Livingstone injured his right knee while fielding on day two of his debut Test and was taken off the field for the rest of Pakistan’s innings. He visibly looked in discomfort while running between the wickets on day four when he scored an unbeaten 7 before England declared their second turn.

The team management has now decided to send him back to the UK on Tuesday where he will begin a rehabilitation programme.

“England all-rounder Liam Livingstone has been ruled out of the rest of the Test series against Pakistan with a right knee injury,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Monday.

“He will return to the UK on Tuesday and commence rehab with the ECB and Lancashire medical teams respectively.” it added.

However, the decision on whether to call up his replacement or not has yet to be made by England.

The ongoing Rawalpindi Test entered a crucial stage as England struck down strong-looking Imam-ul -Haq, who was just two runs short of his fifty, early on day 5 to set the alarm bells ringing for Pakistan. The home side needs another 245 runs while England require seven wickets to win the first Test.

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