Billings expects more to come

01 August 2020 20:21:29 GMTPlus10

England batsman Sam Billings insists his best cricket is ahead of him and wants to break into the Test set-up after impressing in the team's first one-day-international match against Ireland.

The 29-year-old blasted 67 not out to help England to a six-wicket success in their first ODI against Ireland at the Ageas Bowl after replacing injured Joe Denly in the squad and is expected to feature in the second match at the same venue.

Billings failed to make England's World Cup-winning squad last year after a dislocated shoulder interfered with his 2019 campaign but he is eager to overcome what he has dubbed a "heavy speed bump" in his career.

England were on 78-4 when Billings came to the crease in Southampton but, along with skipper Eoin Morgan, he helped them reach their target of 173.

The Kent wicket-keeper batsman believes his experience of the Indian Premier League has helped him in the shorter formats of the game but also has his sights set on breaking into the Test side.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the second ODI, Billings said: "In a nutshell, my career hit a heavy speed bump last year [with the injury] so for me it's about building that momentum back up.

"The opportunities have been sporadic but England's ODI side is arguably one of the toughest sports teams to get into at the moment so all I can do is take my opportunities when they arise.

"In the one-day format or the longer format, the subcontinent is somewhere I think I can do well - the longer format is one I want to push my case in if I get the opportunity. My best cricket is easily ahead of me, I have no doubt about that."

Meanwhile, England are 1.05 to beat Ireland, who are 11.00, in the second ODI on Saturday.

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