Liam Livingstone, Sam Billings, Chris Jordan, David Willey drafted in first round of Big Bash League

Melbourne Renegades made Liam Livingstone the first pick of the inaugural Big Bash League draft, as four England players were snapped up in the opening round.

The Renegades were awarded the number one pick after a weighted lottery and opted for the England, Lancashire and Birmingham Phoenix batter.

Wicketkeeper-batter Sam Billings went to Brisbane Heat as the third pick and England team-mate Chris Jordan, the fourth pick, is heading back to Sydney Sixers.

England all-rounder David Willey, who has rejoined Northamptonshire from Yorkshire, was snapped up by Sydney Thunder as the seventh pick.

New Zealand bowler Trent Boult, Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan (both Melbourne Stars) and Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan (Hobart Hurricanes) completed the players drafted in the first round.

Livingstone and England team-mates Billings, Jordan and Willey are set to earn close to a reported £200,000 for playing in this season's BBL.

BBL round one draft

1. Liam Livingstone (England) - Melbourne Renegades

2. Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) - Adelaide Strikers

3. Trent Boult (New Zealand) - Melbourne Stars

4. Sam Billings (England) - Brisbane Heat

5. Chris Jordan (England) - Sydney Sixers

6. Pass - Perth Scorchers

7. David Willey (England) - Sydney Thunder

8. Shadab Khan (Pakistan) - Hobart Hurricanes

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