Cricket: Buttler and Livingstone to star for Rajasthan?

Livingstone training ahead of today's game Credit: @Lancscricket

Lancashire duo Liam Livingstone and Jos Buttler could today make their first appearance of the IPL season as Rajasthan Royals take on Kings XI Punjab in Jaipur.

Buttler, a winner of the IPL in 2018, will be looking to keep up his form from last year’s tournament where he scored 548 in just 13 games.

Buttler is expected to keep wicket for Rajasthan Credit: Lancscricket

The England Vice Captain has had a tremendous 12 months, breaking back into his country’s test side as well as his continuing domination of the white ball game, a 151 not out against Windies, the highlight of an impressive winter.

Livingstone would be making his IPL debut should he play, the Royals bought him for just £55,000 after an impressive Vitality T20 Blast in 2018.

Livingstone though, could find it hard to break into the Rajasthan side, who lost in the play-offs of last year’s competition, with star batsman Steve Smith back following his year ban for ball tampering.

A team can only field four overseas players in a single game and with the likes of Smith and Buttler, along with England all rounder Ben Stokes and bowler Jofra Archer ahead of him in the pecking order, he chould find himself sat on the bench more times than he would like.

Buttler is expected to open the batting against Kings XI Punjab where they could face England team mate Sam Curran, who was snapped up for  £800,000.

The match, which starts at 2:30pm UK time, will be the fourth game of this year’s tournament which started on Saturday.