Lancashire and England cricketer Liam Livingstone has taken inspiration from his beloved Rovers ahead of the Indian Premier League.

Livingstone will represent Punjab Kings at the famous tournament, with their first game taking place against Delhi Capitals on Saturday morning.

The 30-year-old shared a picture on X (formerly known as Twitter) of the blue and white bat he will be using in India.

He wrote: “Had to be Rovers colours for IPL 2024. Thanks SG Cricket, best in the business!”

Livingstone will be playing alongside England team-mates Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes, who were also drafted by Punjab Kings.

This year’s IPL will again be broadcast live on Sky Sports meaning viewers in the UK can follow the action.

Livingstone represented England at the Cricket World Cup in India last October and featured in the series against West Indies earlier this year.

The all-rounder will also be hoping for a good season with Lancashire, having captained the Red Rose to the quarter-final of the T20 Blast last year.

Several months ago, Livingstone explained his approach to T20 cricket and why fifties or hundreds aren’t as important as they used to be.

“I couldn’t tell you how many fifties or hundreds I score anymore,” he said. “It is all about how many games that you can impact and winning games for your team. I would much rather get 30 off 18 balls than 50 off 40 balls.

“Your strike-rate is something that you pride yourself on. In previous walks of life you would probably have a bigger eye on your average. Nowadays, I am all about sixes per game and my strike-rate.

“Milestones are actually pretty meaningless in T20 cricket, it is all about how you can affect the game and how you can win games.”

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