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Scorchers sweating on English imports

The Perth Scorchers will be desperate for English imports Liam Livingstone and Jason Roy to reinvigorate the club’s Big Bash League campaign after a “slow start”.The Scorchers are yet to muster a victory after three games in the T20 tournament, but their batting stocks will be considerably bolstered by the inclusion of Livingstone and Roy.The…

The Perth Scorchers will be desperate for English imports Liam Livingstone and Jason Roy to reinvigorate the club’s Big Bash League campaign after a “slow start”.

The Scorchers are yet to muster a victory after three games in the T20 tournament, but their batting stocks will be considerably bolstered by the inclusion of Livingstone and Roy.

The English duo recently emerged from their mandatory 14-day quarantine, and are expected to feature in Monday evening’s clash against the Strikers at Adelaide Oval.

“We’ve had a slow start, but now we’ve got all the boys together,” Livingstone said on Sunday.

“Hopefully we can get on a bit of a roll and get some momentum.

“You don’t want to peak at the stage of the tournament – you want to finish strong.

“We’ve been playing some good cricket – it’s just the key moments that we haven’t quite won yet.”

Livingstone was the Scorchers’ highest run-scorer in the 2019/20 competition, smashing 425 runs in 14 Big Bash innings.

The 27-year-old has fond memories of Adelaide Oval – he has played there once before, cracking 69 in an explosive 26-ball blitz against the Strikers in December 2019.

“It’s nice to come back to somewhere where you’ve got good memories,” Livingstone said. “It was what got me going last year in the Big Bash.”

“Hopefully I can do the same in game one.”

Last season, Livingstone combined with West Australian wicketkeeper Josh Inglis to form an intimidating opening partnership for the Scorchers.

But Roy’s inclusion will almost certainly separate the duo. The 30-year-old Surrey star has established himself as one of the sport’s most prolific opening batsmen in white-ball cricket.

“It was obviously nice last year to have a good partnership with (Inglis),” Livingstone said.

“We’ve obviously got a lot of (opening) options, and whatever that combination is, I’m sure we’ve got enough experience for people to adapt to different roles.”

Livingstone conceded it was difficult to endure a two-week quarantine during the Christmas season in a foreign country, but the Lancashire batsman was grateful for a popular video game which helped him pass the time.

“Thank the lord for Call of Duty,” Livingstone giggled.

“I turned my balcony into a mini gym and got out for an hour a day so that was good.

“It obviously dragged on a little bit, it’s not ideal spending the build-up to Christmas in quarantine, but it’s done now and it’s nice to be around the boys.

“It’s exciting to get out and start playing again.”

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