AN ENGLAND cricketer returned to his roots to teach his former school's cricket team a few tricks and tips.

Barrovian Liam Livingstone, who plays for Lancashire, paid a visit to his primary and junior school Dane Ghyll to meet the current pupils, sign bats, balls and caps for the youngsters and also had a friendly match with the cricket team.

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Reception teacher and PE coordinator Vicky Smithson was delighted to welcome Liam into the school.

"We had a multi-games area built last summer for all weathers and we are so privileged today for Liam to open it and for being so supportive of our passion here at Dane Ghyll so we can finally get out and use it as much as possible," she said.

"So for Liam to come here and take time out of his busy schedule is amazing. We use it for every sport and from nursery to year six and outdoor activities.

"Cricket is taught every week. Alistair McDougall comes in and teaches it every week right from year one to year six so we enter local cricket competitions and we have local links with Barrow cricket club and Furness and Liam started his cricket career right on this very playground when he was part of the school cricket team.

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Coach at Barrow Cricket club Alistair McDougal said: “It is fantastic to have Liam here today.

“Liam represented Cumbria for all country age groups under ten and under 18. He would travel to Lancashire academy from about 12 years old two to three times a week and spent more time there from 16 years of age and onwards when he signed for ground and then his career just took off.

“He is popular right around the world. He would have queues outside the gates today if more people knew he was here so we are lucky to get him in today as any school would bend over backward.

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“He is phenomenal. You don’t play for England by not being talented. I still get a bit starstruck when I watch him on telly.”

Alistar said having these opportunities in school was a pathway for them to end up like Liam.

“This is where they start their paths by engaging in school activities and sports outside of school," he said.

“Liam is such a natural who was just blessed with the exceptional talent and is now here showing the kids a thing or two."