Billings’ safe hands help de­feat Aussies

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Cricket -

Kent wick­et­keeper Sam Billings is ex­cited ahead of the one-day se­ries against Aus­tralia. Billings, who played in Eng­land’s NatWest In­ter­na­tional T20 win against the Aussies on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day, is also in the squad for the five-match Royal Lon­don ODI se­ries that starts to­day (Thurs­day) in Southamp­ton. Billings, who made his in­ter­na­tional de­but in Eng­land’s Royal Lon­don One-Day Se­ries vic­tory over New Zealand in June, said: “It’s been a bril­liant few weeks for English cricket against the Aussies. I’m ex­cited to try and keep that mo­men­tum go­ing. “As a squad, we had a good se­ries against New Zealand and are look­ing to carry on that brand of cricket which en­gaged the whole coun­try. “It’s my sec­ond se­ries, so to be named again is a great hon­our. Any op­por­tu­nity you get to rep­re­sent your coun­try is fan­tas­tic. Aus­tralia are one of the best sides in world cricket and we won’t be tak­ing them lightly.” Billings is not ex­pected to keep wicket in any of the matches for Eng­land with Lan­cashire’s Jos But­tler due to take the gloves. In Mon­day’s T20 clash, Billings came in late in the Eng­land in­nings and strug­gled to get the ball away, man­ag­ing just two from seven de­liv­er­ies, be­fore be­ing run out as the hosts chased late runs, even­tu­ally set­ting a score of 182-5. Moeen Ali hit 72 not out and Eoin Mor­gan made 74. In re­ply, Aus­tralia were up with the rate needed un­til cap­tain Steve Smith was caught by Billings off the bowl­ing of David Willey for 90 and the visi­tors fin­ished five runs short.

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