Sam Billings Joined England’s Test squad for the fifth time ashes Tested in Hobart to replace Joss Butler. The latter will miss the Test match with a finger injury. Billings, who recently played in the BBL, was quite surprised to receive a call-up to the Test squad. He has played a few ODI and T20I matches and will likely make his debut in the fifth Test.
Sam Billings opened up about his choice when speaking to the BBC’s Test special.He said he was ready to go to the Test match if given the chance Hobart.
“I thought it was a joke. I was going to fly home at Brisbane airport. Instead I went to Gold Coast airport to pick up a rental car and I was on the road. Drive nine hours for drinks , it’s going to be a very Sam Billings thing. At 30, you’re not a spring chicken, but you do know where your game is. I’m ready if needed” Billings said to start his interaction.
Billings is one of the players currently scoring 284 points with the Sydney Thunder at 40.57, including two 50s. He further stated that he wanted to prove that he was at this level and could also play the red ball. The England goalkeeper-batsman is looking to draw the confidence he has had in his BBL job into his first Test match.
I want to prove I’m good enough to warrant a place next to me: Sam Billings
“I want to show, not just to myself, but to other people, that I’m not just a backup, that I’m good enough to guarantee a place. If this opportunity does arise, I’m not under pressure. It’s nobody Really expected things, I have nothing to lose” Billings went further.
“It’s a great place sometimes when you play your best cricket. I’ve played a lot of cricket here and I know the format is different but you get confidence from the game and that’s what I have of” he concluded.
England have a task on the fifth day of their fourth Test in Sydney, needing 358 more runs to win the Test.