Critics who believe the Vitality Blast has been mediocre this season will find that Lancashire Lightning skipper Liam Livingstone is prepared to give them an argument. As he sought to prepare his team for their seventh Finals Day – and their third in the last five years – Livingstone gave the current short-form competition an unqualified endorsement.
“I don’t think anyone can argue the Blast this year hasn’t been a great competition,” he said. “It’s been great to be involved in. We’ve had great crowds and the games between Yorkshire and Lancashire in particular, especially the one I was involved in at Old Trafford, were as good as anything in the world. I don’t really think there’s much wrong with the Blast and it’s great to be part of it.”
Part of the attraction for Livingstone has been seeing the some of the best short-form players in the country pitted against each other and he is excited by the prospect of seeing Jos Buttler return to Edgbaston, where he helped Lancashire win their first Blast in 2015. Lancashire face relegation in the Championship so this is a chance for them to take some significant success from the season.
“We’re very lucky to be able to bring one of the best white-ball players in the world into our line-up,” he said. “Jos is great to have in the team, and because he’s a wicketkeeper he sees everything from the perfect angle. He’s always there giving advice and helping where needs be. To have someone of his character is great for the squad, he’s very…