Sam Billings is hoping that he can go ahead to perform very well and impress crowds in the Sydney Sixers Big Bash League Season six campaign. This he hopes he can achieve before the Ashes tour starting next year.
A seasoned ODI and T20I England player, Billings has set his mind and heart on a call to the England’s Test Squad.
So far, the Kent right-hander had been in the works to make sure he gains all the necessary experience needed him to become a regular for the team in all formats.
Billings has had stints in the Pakistan Super League and the Indian Premier League and was recently selected to participate in the upcoming limited overs tour holding in India.
Billings talked about how his participation in some of these tournaments has helped him develop himself and adapt well to all conditions.
“Being picked in the ODIs in India after Christmas – playing in the IPL and Pakistan has definitely helped me develop my game against a spinning ball,” he said. “You play against the best players in the world, adapt to every condition and that’s what I’ll be looking to do.”
Following Johan Botha’s receipt of his Australian citizenship, thus opening up another international spot, Billings was called up quite late to join the Sixers squad.
However’ Billings has set his sights on the next summer’s Ashes tour of Australia and is hoping that his stint with the Sixers will be the launching pad needed to catapult him into the ranks, where he is able to prove himself in Australian conditions
“You don’t pick and choose, wherever it is, you get that call, you’re on the plane,” Billings said. “That’s where I am. Who knows, maybe even an Ashes trip as well. I want to play four-day cricket and five-day cricket.”