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Liam Livingstone news, plus Jan/Feb fixtures

Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone has been named in the England Test squad, alongside Jimmy Anderson, for the first time ahead of the upcoming series against New Zealand in March. The 24 year-old, who's a graduate of the Lancs Academy, was recently named Captain having averaged over 50 in the County Championship.    

After making his England debut in a NatWest International T20 against South Africa in Taunton last summer. He is now closer than ever to fulfilling his dream of playing Test cricket for England after his inclusion in the squad for this spring’s New Zealand tour.

In other Lancashire news, Livingstone's Lancshire team mate and England wicket keeper Jos Buttler has been named in the 16-man England squad for the Gillette International IT20 series against Australia and New Zealand.

Speaking of England bowler James Anderson, he's also come out recently and said there is no need for a ‘big upheaval’ after Australia won the Ashes 4-0 in Sydney. Australia completed victory on the final day in Sydney where England were beaten by an innings and 123 runs after being bowled out for 180 by mid-afternoon. We here at The Cricket Tier are not so sure, or is it just that playing home and away these days you have to prepare completely different squads and players.

In other news, last week also marked the start of the 500-day countdown to ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 in England and Wales. Next year’s tournament, which will feature 10 teams across 48 matches between 30 May and 14 July, will be the fourth time England & Wales have hosted the global event. In the meantime check out this month's fixtures:

JANUARY 2018

25 THU South Africa v India at Johannesburg, 3rd Test - day 2
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, 6th match (day/night)
New Zealand v Pakistan at Auckland, 2nd T20I (night)

26 FRI South Africa v India at Johannesburg, 3rd Test - day 3
Australia v England at Adelaide, 4th ODI (day/night)

27 SAT South Africa v India at Johannesburg, 3rd Test - day 4
TBD v TBD at Dhaka, Final (day/night)

28 SUN South Africa v India at Johannesburg, 3rd Test - day 5
Australia v England at Perth, 5th ODI
New Zealand v Pakistan at Mount Maunganui, 3rd T20I (night)

31 WED Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Chittagong, 1st Test - day 1

FEBRUARY 2018

1 THU Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Chittagong, 1st Test - day 2
South Africa v India at Durban, 1st ODI (day/night)

2 FRI Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Chittagong, 1st Test - day 3

3 SAT Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Chittagong, 1st Test - day 4
Australia v New Zealand at Sydney, 1st Match (night)

4 SUN Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Chittagong, 1st Test - day 5
South Africa v India at Centurion, 2nd ODI

5 MON Afghanistan v Zimbabwe at Sharjah, 1st T20I

6 TUE Afghanistan v Zimbabwe at Sharjah, 2nd T20I

7 WED Australia v England at Hobart, 2nd Match (night)
South Africa v India at Cape Town, 3rd ODI (day/night)

8 THU Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, 2nd Test - day 1

9 FRI Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, 2nd Test - day 2
Afghanistan v Zimbabwe at Sharjah, 1st ODI (day/night)

10 SAT Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, 2nd Test - day 3
Australia v England at Melbourne, 3rd Match (night)
South Africa v India at Johannesburg, 4th ODI (day/night)

11 SUN Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, 2nd Test - day 4
Afghanistan v Zimbabwe at Sharjah, 2nd ODI (day/night)

12 MON Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, 2nd Test - day 5

13 TUE New Zealand v England at Wellington, 4th Match (night)
Afghanistan v Zimbabwe at Sharjah, 3rd ODI (day/night)
South Africa v India at Port Elizabeth, 5th ODI (day/night)

15 THU Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, 1st T20I (night)

16 FRI New Zealand v Australia at Auckland, 5th Match (night)
Afghanistan v Zimbabwe at Sharjah, 4th ODI (day/night)
South Africa v India at Centurion, 6th ODI (day/night)

18 SUN New Zealand v England at Hamilton, 6th Match (night)
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Sylhet, 2nd T20I (night)
South Africa v India at Johannesburg, 1st T20I

19 MON Afghanistan v Zimbabwe at Sharjah, 5th ODI (day/night)

21 WED TBD v TBD at Auckland, Final (night)
South Africa v India at Centurion, 2nd T20I (night)

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