He was comfortably England's quickest bowler as they kept the hosts to 258 for nine but that probably counted against him on a small pitch and at least two of the three sixes he conceded off the bat of 17-year-old Mackenzie Harvey might have been caught on a larger outfield.
Livingstone travelled to Australia with the Lions side and has opted to spend a second winter with the squad instead of playing T20 leagues around the world. Generally speaking in Sydney Premier Cricket, grade cricket, I've come through at the same speed as some of the players and I'm not new to them.
'Obviously there was an issue around it and he knows what he did was wrong and certainly I think he's learnt his lesson coming back into the side, ' Morgan said.
Australian Mackenzie Harvey, 17, has shown he's unfazed taking on Test cricketers at the crease.
"I'm desperate to play for England but there are probably a couple of games I played in the past when I shouldn't have played and that has damaged my reputation with coaches and selectors".
"To see the amount of interest out there, it was quite exciting", he reflected. "I'd rather be honest now than play and not do myself justice". It's still the toughest part of the game, and the format you get the most pleasure from succeeding in.
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Livingstone will spend the next week or so with Lancashire, looking ahead to the 2018 summer with his head coach Glen Chapple as they aim to go one better than a year ago when they finished second to Essex in the Championship table.
Should Livingstone play in New Zealand, Livingstone would become the first Cumbrian player to represent his country in Test cricket since Norman Gifford gained the last of his 15 caps, also against New Zealand, in June 1973.
Then he and Chapple, who has been appointed fast-bowling coach to work alongside Flower with the Lions in the West Indies, will head for a short warm-weather camp at the Desert Springs Resort in Spain with a strong Lancashire presence, as Alex Davies, Saqib Mahmood and new signing Keaton Jennings are also in the squad.
England's five match ODI series against Australia begins on Sunday at the MCG. I'm just another umpire.
"Even though it was a full-strength England team I felt confident out there (I) was able to back my skills".