Liam Livingstone has put his recent form spike down to not overthinking things too much out in the middle.
The hard-hitting Englishman struggled to re-capture the heights of his debut Big Bash League campaign last summer in the early parts of the tournament.
But the Perth Scorchers opener has since bounced back in a big way, hitting a pair of blistering half-centuries in a stern warning to the competition.
He backed up his 39-ball 54 in the Scorchers’ final home game of the tournament against Hobart last Tuesday with an even better knock, 67 off 38, to set a platform in Saturday’s disappointing loss to Sydney Sixers in Canberra.
Livingstone, who had 69 runs in five hits before last week, wasn’t using the Australian pitches or 14-day quarantine period as excuses for his slow start, pointing to another reason.
“It’s not getting used to the wickets, I played here last year so there’s not excuse that I’m not used to the wickets,” Livingstone said.
“If was just, I guess sometimes cricket can get you. It’s a funny sport and I was dropped first ball last game (against the Hurricanes) and all of a sudden you get a couple of fifties and you feel really confident again.
“I wouldn’t say it’s getting used to the pitches, I think maybe I was overthinking things too much and sort of not playing the way I had played the last couple of years which was really successful for me.
“Hopefully I’m back there now and we can run with it until the end of the tournament.”
After their five-game winning streak came to an abrupt end thanks to a Josh Philippe-inspired Sixers, the Scorchers have another tough away assignment against Brisbane at Marvel Stadium on Tuesday.
It will be the first of three games in Melbourne in a five-day period, followed by Hobart (at Marvel Stadium on Friday) and Melbourne Stars (at the MCG on Saturday).
Livingstone insists the team aren’t thinking about a top-two spot or anything further ahead than their “massive week”.
“It’s nothing to do with the top-two spot, I think we’ve just got to try and win as many games as you can,” he said.
“It’s a long tournament and we just want to make sure we build momentum towards the back end of the tournament.
“It’s a massive week. We’re not looking at where we’re finishing, we’re just trying to win our next game and concentrate on the next couple of games.”