Sam Billings

Country: England
Born: June 15, 1991, Pembury, Kent
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Playing role: Wicketkeeper Batter

Sam Billings Bio

Samuel William Billings, commonly known as Sam Billings, is a prominent English cricket player known for his dynamic wicketkeeping and batting skills in the white-ball format. Born on June 15, 1991, in Pembury, Kent, Billings hails from a lineage of revered Kent wicketkeepers, following in the footsteps of legends like Les Ames, Godfrey Evans, Alan Knott, and Geraint Jones.

From a young age, Billings showcased his talent as an all-round sportsman. Despite being offered a football trial with the renowned Tottenham Hotspur, he opted to pursue a cricket tour at the county level. This decision exemplified his dedication and passion for the game. His multi-faceted skills also extended to rugby union, tennis, squash, and racquets, where he achieved county junior level proficiency.

Billings rose to prominence in the cricketing scene with a stellar performance during the 2012 season. His innings of 143 off 113 balls against Derbyshire in Canterbury stood out as a testament to his promising talent. Notably, he had also scored a century on his first-class debut for Loughborough MCCU against Northants in 2011.

In the subsequent years, Billings continued to impress as he became Kent’s leading run-scorer in T20 and the CB40 formats in 2012. Recognizing his potential, the England and Wales Cricket Board awarded him a scholarship to hone his skills in Australia during the winter of 2012-13.

2014 marked a significant milestone in Billings’ career as he replaced Geraint Jones as Kent’s wicketkeeper. He further displayed his proficiency in the Royal London One-Day Cup, emerging as the leading run-scorer in the competition and solidifying his position as an indispensable member of the team.

Billings made his international debut during the series against New Zealand in 2015. Although he initially struggled to find his footing, failing to score a fifty in the first few matches, his energetic playing style aligned perfectly with the high-energy England side captained by Eoin Morgan. In November of the same year, he achieved his first international fifty during a T20I against Pakistan in Dubai.

Despite his early successes in limited-overs cricket, it took Billings seven years to earn his maiden Test cap. However, his impact in other formats remained significant. In 2018, he led a resurgent Kent squad to their first promotion in 11 years and steered them to a Lord’s final in the Royal London Cup. Additionally, he celebrated his first international century during an ODI against Australia at Old Trafford.

Billings’ ascent faced a temporary setback due to injuries, forcing him to miss out on the squad for the 2019 World Cup. Nevertheless, he demonstrated his mettle by scoring 87 runs in a T20I against the West Indies in the Caribbean just prior to the tournament. Billings was also in contention to replace Alex Hales in the national team.

In a bid to revamp the England T20I side, Billings was appointed as the vice-captain for their tour of New Zealand in 2019. However, his batting performance during the series was underwhelming, which ultimately led to his exclusion from the squad for the subsequent tour of South Africa.

Sam Billings’ journey as a cricket player has been defined by his versatility, unwavering passion, and contributions to the Kent and England cricket teams. His constant pursuit of excellence and commitment to the game make him an invaluable asset to the sport. As his career progresses, cricket enthusiasts anticipate witnessing more of his exceptional performances on the pitch.

Sam Billings Career Stats

Sam Billings Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 3 3 0 66 36 22 114 57.89 0 0 10 0 8 0
T20Is 37 33 5 478 87 17.07 368 129.89 0 2 41 16 17 2
ODIs 28 23 2 702 118 33.42 771 91.05 1 5 74 8 19 1
FC 88 128 12 3628 171 31.27 6213 58.39 6 15 509 15 219 12
List A 103 90 15 3125 175 41.66 3026 103.27 7 21 322 53 88 9
T20s 297 283 42 5736 95* 23.8 4350 131.86 0 30 476 187 182 24

Sam Billings Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 3 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 37 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 28 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 88 1 1 4 0 - - - 24 - 0 0 0
List A 103 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s 297 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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