Perth Scorchers coach Adam Voges has backed “frustrated” English import Liam Livingstone to find form in the back half of the Big Bash.
The hard-hitting opener hasn’t been able to re-capture the blistering touch of his debut season in orange last summer, when he was the franchise’s leading run-scorer with 425 runs at an average of 30.4 and strike rate of 142.6.
Since serving his two weeks quarantine after England’s abandoned tour of South Africa, Livingstone has a modest return of 69 runs in five hits, averaging 13.8 and striking at 92.
His best knock of 22 game in his return against the Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide on December 28, with scores of eight, 20, 16 and three following.
Voges doesn’t think a big innings is far away for Livingstone, who was doing everything he could to turn his tournament around.
“Yeah he’s frustrated,” Voges said.
“He’d like to be performing a little bit better than what he is at the moment. We know how good he can be. We saw that last year. He’s working hard in the nets to try to turn that around.
“One good innings can turn around a tournament very quickly. He’s staying really positive.
“We know the power he possesses, and I’m sure it’s not too far away before he gets a hold of one of the opposition attacks.”
The Scorchers jumped to fifth spot on the ladder after knocking off the top-ranked Sydney Thunder by 17 runs at Optus Stadium on Saturday night, their fourth consecutive win.
But it might have come at a cost with in-form New Zealander Colin Munro hurting his quad while batting.
Perth’s leading BBL10 run-scorer, who peeled off his third half-century in a row, will go for scans today which will determine his availability for Tuesday’s final home game against Hobart.
The 33-year-old has thrived at Optus Stadium on his way to a franchise-high 237 runs at an average of 29.6 for BBL10.
“He just felt something in his quad running between wickets so we’re certainly hopeful that it’s nothing too serious,” Voges said on Saturday night.
“He was able to continue on and bat and again played beautifully well so we’ll scan him tomorrow and see how we go.
“I think he did it midway through his innings when he was batting with Mitch (Marsh).
“He continued to bat on but as far as a timeframe is concerned, I’ve got no idea so we’ll find out a bit more tomorrow.”
If Munro doesn’t get up, former Test pair Cam Bancroft and Kurtis Patterson are his likely replacements.
Bancroft has played since he was dropped to make way for English imports Jason Roy and Livingstone before game three against the Strikers.
He produced unbeaten knocks of 34 and 15 before that and has been the X-Factor substitute several times since without being used.