Don’t think I’ll keep my place in England ODI once Ben Stokes returns: Sam Billings

By: PTI |

September 13, 2020 3:22:42 pm

England’s Sam Billings performs a shot in the course of the first ODI cricket match between England and Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester (Source: AP)

In-form batsman Sam Billings admitted he’s unlikely to keep his place in the England ODI staff once star all-rounder Ben Stokes returns even supposing he scored runs aplenty towards Ireland and Australia.

The 29-year-old Kent batsman scored his maiden ODI century, hitting 118 in a shedding trigger in the primary match towards Australia on Friday. Last month, he had scored his then ODI better of 67 not out towards Ireland, after coming into the staff on account of an harm to Joe Denly.

But Stokes, who’s at present in New Zealand together with his household, set to return for Eoin Morgan’s facet, Billings accepted he could lose his place in the taking part in XI.

“It is probably one of the hardest teams to get into in world sport at the moment,” he was quoted as saying informed ‘Sky Sports’.

“Ben Stokes isn’t here and I don’t think, however many runs I get, that I’ll keep that spot,” mentioned the 29-year-old who has performed in 19 ODIs and 30 T20Is since 2015.

Billings although is able to seize any probability that comes his approach in the longer term.

“As lengthy as you might be placing your self in the place to be the subsequent cab off the rank, you by no means know when these alternatives will come up.

“That’s all I can do and, especially building towards the T20 stuff, there is a slot in that late middle-order, so hopefully it keeps pushing my case in that format as well.”

An harm denied him the prospect to be part of England’s World Cup squad final summer time, however Billings is aware of from private expertise that his alternative may come at any time and is decided to be prepared when it does.

“There are three extra World Cups developing and the lads are very eager so as to add to the one final 12 months and I actually wish to be part of it.

“It’s a huge incentive for the guys coming in to really put your marker down and your stamp down to be in the World Cup squad next year.”

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