BARROW'S England dynamo said he is looking forward to a busy summer of cricket in all formats after The Hundred fixtures were announced.

All-rounder Liam Livingstone has been injured since making his England test debut against Pakistan in December but hopes to be ready and firing for Birmingham Phoenix in the third edition of The Hundred tournament in England this summer.

The Barrovian first caught the eye as a big middle-order hitter, finding the short-format games 'great fun'.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "I've loved playing in The Hundred – it's been very different.

"The fixtures are obviously out now, so everybody can look forward to what's to come.

"I've really enjoyed my time at Birmingham Phoenix - it's been great fun, and we've got a great group of lads.

"I guess you've seen from the crowds we've had over the last couple of years, it's great to have seen so many kids coming into the grounds and watching a new format of cricket.

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"I guess it's up to us as players to keep that going, to keep entertaining people, and keep bringing the crowds in.

"I'm really excited for the summer, but like I said, I've got a few weeks of rehab to finish off, then I can get back to the excitement of playing cricket again."

Livingstone praised the American-style 'draft' recruitment format of The Hundred, meaning it keeps the tournament ultra-competitive year-on-year.

He said: "I think everybody's got very strong teams, I guess that's the good thing about a draft – teams that don’t do very well the year before can get the first pick and strengthen their squad in the right areas.

"I guess it's one of those tournaments where you don't want to peak too early – you want to try to build some momentum, and hit your straps toward the end, a bit like we did in the World Cup.

"We feel like we've got a strong squad already.

"Hopefully we can add a little bit of quality to that, and go one better than we did in the first year of The Hundred."