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James Vince believes end of his stand with Sam Billings dashed England’s hopes

James Vince ruefully reflected on his dismissal as the turning point in England’s 72-run defeat against Australia, who moved into an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ODI series.Chasing 281, England lost Jason Roy and Dawid Malan in the first over to a fired up Mitchell Starc while they fell to 34 for three before Vince and Sam Billings steadied the ship with a 122-run stand.However, on a wearing surface which made life difficult for batters, Vince was given lbw after being struck on the back leg by Australia’s captain for the day Josh Hazlewood to depart for 60 off 72...
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Sam Billings: England wicketkeeper on IPL and congested schedule

Cricket's congested schedule "does not allow all-format players moving forward", says England's Sam Billings. England start a three-match one-day international (ODI) series against Australia on Thursday, four days after victory in the T20 World Cup final. Billings, 31, who was not in the World Cup squad, has withdrawn from the...
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Cricket facing ‘wake-up call’ over packed schedule, Sam Billings claims

England’s Sam Billings thinks the likes of Will Smeed and Ben Stokes being unable to commit to all formats amid an unrelenting schedule is a “wake-up call” for cricket.Hours after Moeen Ali labelled England beginning an ODI series four days on from their T20 World Cup triumph as “horrible”, Somerset announced Smeed, 21, had signed a white-ball only deal with the county.Smeed rubberstamped his reputation as a big prospect with the The Hundred’s first ever century this year but he has turned his back on the red-ball game, having yet to make his first-class debut.Stokes retired from ODIs earlier in...
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Sam Billings: Cricket facing ‘wake-up call’ as players turn backs on formats

England’s Sam Billings thinks the likes of Will Smeed and Ben Stokes being unable to commit to all formats amid an unrelenting schedule is a “wake-up call” for cricket. Hours after Moeen Ali labelled England beginning an ODI series four days on from their T20 World Cup triumph as “horrible”, Somerset announced Smeed, 21, had signed a white-ball only deal with the county.
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Sam Billings: Will Smeed is only the beginning – schedule means there will be a red-ball exodus

Sam Billings has warned that more players will follow Will Smeed in giving up red-ball cricket as players struggle to deal with the saturated schedule. As Telegraph Sport revealed, Smeed, considered one of the most exciting limited-overs talents in the English game, gave up first-class cricket aged 21 – before his debut – to specialise in white-ball cricket with Somerset.
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Sam Billings: Kent captain will miss 2023 IPL season to focus on County Championship

Kent captain Sam Billings will miss the 2023 Indian Premier League season in order to focus on "longer-format cricket" with the county. The 31-year-old was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders in February and played eight matches for them. However, the wicketkeeper has chosen to leave the franchise to focus on...

Sam Billings aiming to use England Lions game to push for Test recall

Sam Billings believes captaining the England Lions against South Africa offers his best chance of earning a recall to the Test squad.The England Lions squad, who have all left their respective Hundred and Royal London one-day cup squads, gathered in Canterbury ahead of the start of a four-day game against South Africa on Tuesday.Harry Brook and Will Jacks were among the 13-man squad, which will be captained by Billings, to face the tourists, who got the better of England in both the Twenty20 and the one-day international series earlier in the summer.Paul Collingwood will take charge of the side for...

England pick Sam Billings and James Anderson against India

England have made two changes for their rescheduled Test match against India, with Sam Billings taking over from the unwell Ben Foakes and James Anderson back to lead the bowling attack.Foakes missed the last couple of days of the victory over New Zealand at Headingley after testing positive for Covid, with Billings stepping in as an emergency replacement, and struggled through a light training session at Edgbaston on Thursday.With 39-year-old Anderson fit again after a niggling ankle injury, England made the difficult decision to drop Jamie Overton. The Surrey seamer, who made 97 on debut and took two wickets, has...
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England name Sam Billings and James Anderson in XI for Test against India

Sam Billings will take on wicketkeeping duties for England in the rearranged fifth Test against India while James Anderson replaces Jamie Overton in the XI. Billings was drafted in at short notice for his second Test appearance against New Zealand last week as a Covid substitute for Ben Foakes, who was also hampered by a stiff back at Headingley.
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England v India: Sam Billings added to squad for fifth Test at Edgbaston

Kent wicketkeeper Sam Billings has been added to the England squad for the rearranged fifth Test against India at Edgbaston starting on Friday. Billings played the final two days of the seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the third Test after Ben Foakes tested positive for Covid-19. Foakes is self-isolating...

England’s Ben Foakes replaced by Sam Billings at Headingley after positive Covid-19 test

England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes has tested positive for Covid-19, with Kent’s Sam Billings taking his place for the remainder of the Headingley Test.Foakes did not take the field on the third afternoon against New Zealand after complaining of back pain, but later returned a positive test after a check up at the team hotel in Leeds.Jonny Bairstow deputised with the gloves during the tourists’ second innings but Billings, who made his Test debut in the final match of the Ashes, has been drafted to take over for the rest of the match.A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board...