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London: England wicketkeeper-batsman Sam billings He says he does not want to be “as a white-ball cricketer in Pigeon-Holi” and has a new desire to come good in the test format. IPL At the beginning of his career.
The 28-year-old never played a Test match for England, but competed in 15 ODIs and 26 T20Is before a shoulder injury, allowing him to be a part of his team’s historic win in the 50-over World Cup last year. .
“Nobody can really be blamed for this other than me (white-ball typecasting),” Billings told ESPNcricinfo.
“I think there are opportunities in the Test team as well, especially as a batsman and in the wicket-keeping position. I am really exciting. I just don’t want pigeon-holies as a white-ball player. I do better than that. Am, ”he insisted.
Billings spoke of a change in mindset after competing in the IPL.
“I played four IPLs and you are not going to downplay an opportunity in this way, as a chance to develop as a young player – especially when there were no financial gains in the first two years. For me, I saw it all over. As an occasion when I went to Delhi for the base price (Rs. 30 lakhs in 2016).
“Obviously four days Cricket I had to take a back seat at that time and I had not played enough cricket yet. My mindset has changed a bit from here. ”
After returning to action, Billings was able to score just 34 runs in five T20 innings against New Zealand and was dropped from the white ball squad for the tour of South Africa earlier this year.
He could play a few matches for Kent and counted it by scoring three centuries in consecutive Championship innings, including two in the match against Yorkshire at Headingley.
After missing out on the South Africa tour, Billings decided not to put his name forward for any T20 franchise and was looking forward to the 2020 season with Kent before COVID-19 Universal epidemic It was delayed.
“The back end of last year proved more than anyone to me that I could be an above average first-class cricketer or a fairly good first-class cricketer. It could be a strong format in any form.
“But it was only when I really proved myself last year that came to the forefront of my mind,” Billings said.
He said his performance in the championship last year brought “a big twist” and ignited his ambition to play the traditional format.
“I want to play Test cricket. This is a big goal of mine, ”he said.
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