Sam Billings
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Sam Billings was added to England’s Test squad for the fifth Ashes Test in Hobart as a replacement for Jos Buttler. The latter is set to miss the Test match with a finger injury. Billings recently played in the BBL and was rather surprised on getting a call-up to join the Test squad. He has played a handful of ODI and T20I games and is likely to make his Test debut in the fifth Test.

Sam Billings opened up on his selection while talking to BBC’s Test Match Special. He said that if given an opportunity he is ready to go and will play the Test match in Hobart

Sam Billings and Alex Ross
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“I thought it was a joke. I was due to go to Brisbane airport to fly home. Instead, I went to Gold Coast Airport to pick up a rental car and I was on my way. It would be a very Sam Billings thing to do, to drive nine hours to run the drinks. At the age of 30, you’re no spring chicken but you do have a really good idea of where your game is at. If needed, I’m ready to go” Billings said to start his interaction.

Billings is amongst the runs currently having scored 284 runs at 40.57 with two fifties to his name for Sydney Thunder. He further said that he wants to prove that he belongs at this level and can play the red-ball game as well. The England keeper-batsman is looking to draw the confidence from his BBL stint onto his maiden Test match. 

I Want To Prove I Am Good Enough To Warrant A Place In The Side: Sam Billings

Sam Billings
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“I want to prove, not only to myself but also to other people, that I’m not just a fill-in that I am good enough to warrant a place in the side. If that opportunity does arise, I’ve got no pressure on me. It’s something no one really expected and I’ve got nothing to lose” Billings said further.

“That’s a great place to be and sometimes when you play your best cricket. I’ve been playing a lot of cricket out here, I know not in the same format but you get confidence from game time and that is what I’ve had” he concluded saying. 

England have a task on their hands on the fifth day of the fourth Test match in Sydney needing another 358 runs to win the Test match. 

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Anshuman Roy

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