BARROVIAN cricket star Liam Livingstone is targeting a return to cricket in time for the Indian Premier League as he continues his rehab from knee and ankle issues.

The all-rounder suffered an ankle injury during The Hundred last year but recovered in time to feature for England during the T20 World Cup in Australia.

He was selected for England's Test squad for the tour of Pakistan but suffered a knee injury in the first Test in Rawalpindi that ruled him out of the rest of the series.

He has been out since that game but hopes to return for the IPL season, which begins on March 20.

He is part of the Punjab Kings' IPL squad and then will hope to play a big part in a busy summer for England and the Birmingham Braves in The Hundred.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Livingstone said: "I am recovering from a knee injury from that one [the Pakistan tour] and was carrying an ankle problem during the World Cup.

"I am just trying to get those sorted, it's a slow process at the moment. I am heading in the right direction.

"Hopefully I'll be back in the next couple of months.

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"It was disappointing [getting injured during The Hundred]. I started the tournament not great and finally got some runs at The Oval.

"Unfortunately, I had a bit of a freak incident and hurt my ankle.

"It was incredibly disappointing to have got injured at the time, especially when it's the crunch time of a tournament.

"It's going to be a long few weeks building up from rehab, and hopefully I'll be back around the IPL time so I can get back into the swing of things."

Livingstone believes it is a good thing none of the matches in The Hundred this year clash with England games.

"I think everybody wants to see the England internationals play, that's what brings the crowds in and that's what people want to see," he said.

"Certainly, for the young players in England, to be around the dressing room with (Ben) Stokes and (Joe) Root, it's massive for us.

"Them being able to play is a big pull."