Wicket-keeper-batsman Sam Billings is all set to return to Big Bash League (BBL) for the Sydney Sixers for the seventh edition of this coveted tournament in Australia later this year.
The vice-captain of Kent will fly down to Australia next month to join the squad along with his countryman Jason Roy and former South Africa all-rounder Johan Botha. The tournament is scheduled to start on December 19, and the final to be played on 4th of February.
Billings, who will play as a specialist batsman will bring in an expensive, inventive and exciting style of batting to the magenta boys.
Playing T20 cricket all over the world in Indian Premier League (IPL), Pakistan Super League (PSL), and in England, Billings has a vast experience and can score quick runs once he steps on the pitch. Sam has also represented England in the limited-overs cricket. Billings will be an important addition the Sydney Sixers side considering his flexibility in the batting order.
Greg Shipperd, the head coach of the Sydney Sixers seemed delighted to have Sam Billings and Jason Roy on his side.
“We are thrilled to have Jason and Sam back with us in our quest to go one further and win BBL 7. Jason has the capacity to individually change the course of a match, and we value his strike rate which was a stellar 161 last season. As a batsman, he possesses awesome natural power and has strokes in both sides of the wicket. More than that I was impressed by the impact he had on the field,” he said.
The right-handed Sam Billings has played five matches for Sydney Sixers scoring 147 runs with the highest score of 42. He also had a healthy average of 31.75 with a strike rate of 129.59. Roy, who is known to be hard-hitter scored at a rate of 161 accumulating 92 runs in four matches.
“Sam is also a valuable signing for us. Importantly he had the capacity to bat anywhere from one to six which gives us comfort should we need or require adjustments to our order throughout the tournament. He can also cover with the gloves should that be necessary,” Shipperd concluded.