Liam Livingstone, Rashid Khan, Trent Boult, players, picks, news

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Gun England batter Liam Livingstone created history in becoming the first player picked at the inaugural Big Bash League draft on Sunday night.

The 29-year-old was secured by the Melbourne Renegades as one of the 12 ‘platinum’ players worth $340,000.

The Adelaide Strikers retained Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, a long-time cult hero of the BBL, with pick two, and the Melbourne Stars locked up New Zealand quick Trent Boult with the third selection of the draft.

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Livingstone dazzled in his two summers with the Perth Scorchers, racking up 851 runs at the average of 30.39 and strike-rate of 138.15.

The dangerous right-hander has also belted 55 sixes and won three player-of-the-match awards.

In 23 T20 internationals for England, he’s scored 368 runs at the average of 21.64 and strike-rate of 152.06, with a knock of 103 against Pakistan in Nottingham in July 2021 his highest score.

Livingstone has also hit 24 sixes in T20 internationals and cleared the rope 305 times across 200 T20s in all competitions.

“In the middle (he’s destructive) and he also bowls leg spin, so sort of getting two weapons there, and he’s in some serious form,” Renegades coach David Saker said of Livingstone.

Asked if the Renegades had weighed up selecting Khan, Saker said they were always “all in” on Livingstone.

“Yeah, we talked about it. We just think he’s going to get matched, so we thought we’d go and get Liam Livingstone,” Saker said.

“We were pretty strong on him, to be fair.

“We’ve got the player we wanted.”

Only seven of the players categorised as ‘platinum’ players were drafted in that class, in Livingstone, Khan, Boult, Sam Billings, Chris Jordan, David Willey and Shadab Khan.

Cricket Australia’s introduction of a draft for overseas players was a bid to pad out the tournament’s top-end international talent.

Interest in the tournament has waned badly after the days of Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Muttiah Muralitharan, Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff, Brendon McCullum and many other legendary international cricketers in the domestic league.

The 12th edition of the BBL will get underway in a clash between the Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars at Canberra’s Manuka Oval on December 13.

Round one (platinum only)

1. Liam Livingstone — Melbourne Renegades

2. Rashid Khan — Adelaide Strikers (retained)

3. Trent Boult — Melbourne Stars

4. Sam Billings — Brisbane Heat

5. Chris Jordan — Sydney Sixers

6. Pass — Perth Scorchers

7. Sydney Thunder — David Willey

8. Hobart Hurricanes — Shadab Khan

Total value: $2,380,000

Round two (platinum and gold)

9. Mujeeb Ur Rahman — Melbourne Renegades

10. Joe Clarke — Melbourne Stars

11. Colin Munro — Brisbane Heat

12. Laurie Evans — Perth Scorchers (retained)

13. James Vince — Sydney Sixers

14. Colin de Grandhomme — Adelaide Strikers

15. Alex Hales — Sydney Thunder

16. Asif Ali — Hobart Hurricanes

Total value: $2,080,000

Round three (gold and silver)

17. Faheem Ashraf — Hobart Hurricanes

18. Rilee Rossouw — Sydney Thunder

19. Phil Salt — Perth Scorchers

20. Adam Hose — Adelaide Strikers

21. Pass — Sydney Sixers

22. Pass — Brisbane Heat

23. Luke Wood — Melbourne Stars

24. Pass — Melbourne Renegades

Total value: $875,000

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Round four (silver and bronze)

25. Akeal Hosein — Melbourne Renegades

26. Pass — Melbourne Stars

27. Ross Whiteley — Brisbane Heat

28. Izharulhaq Naveed — Sydney Sixers

29. Pass —Adelaide Strikers

30. Tymal Mills— Perth Scorchers

31. Pass — Sydney Thunder

32. Pass — Hobart Hurricanes

Total value: $400,000

Overall value: $5,735,000

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