England wicket-keeper batsman Sam Billings has confirmed his extension with his childhood English County Club Kent, as he has been eventually named as the Vice-captain of the side which has doubly delighted the promising prospect from Pembury.
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) October 10, 2017
While reflecting on his re-signing, Billings, who thanked his fans, further added he is looking forward to the scoring bulk of runs for his domestic side Kent in a bid to leave a significant impact.
“I know the Kent supporters would like to see me play a full season of county cricket but these opportunities overseas don’t come around too often and they improve me as a cricketer,” Billings said in Kent Cricket Club’s (KCC) press release.
However, the long-established club Kent did not reveal the exact length of the fresh deal for the 26-year-old batsman Billings, who expressed satisfaction over his performance in the domestic fold.
With the extension of the deal, Billings have had further cleared the air after the media reports suggested the talented right-handed batsman was mulling to join the other county side and Kent’s arch-rival Nottinghamshire.
“I’m a senior player now and enjoyed the experience of captaining the side and helping the younger or less experienced guys where I can,” Billings further added.
Interestingly, Billing has had graduated from the same Kent Cricket Academy (KCA) of the reputed club which has eventually boosted the morale of the side after representing the Three Lions, particularly in the limited-overs format.
Following the signature on the dotted line, Billings has vowed to give his best for the Kent Cricket Club (KCC) in the next season.
“I’ve still got a lot to prove, particularly in red-ball cricket but I’ve averaged 44 over the last two seasons in first class cricket so I feel my game is progressing year-on-year,” Billings asserted.
Billings earlier led Kent against the Windies for the first time when the Caribbean side visited the United Kingdom for the bilateral series.
Billings, who is representing the Kent club since his tender age of eight revealed it, means a lot for him to represent home side.
“I’ve been at the club since I was eight. My family are Kent through and through so it means a lot to play for my home county,” Billings maintained.
Billings believes the Indian Premier League (IPL) experience has come in handy for him while adding the consistency always has a crucial role to play for any of the formats in gentleman’s game.
On the other side, the chief coach for Kent Matt Walker, who has witnessed Billings rising to the occasion, went on to say it is a great signing for the club – to yield the desired results in the next season of the County season.
“It’s been great to see Sam’s development as a cricketer and a person over the last few years,” Walker remarked.
Billings, who represented IPL franchise in the tenth edition, played 11 matches in which he scored 226 runs at an average of 22.60.
“Sam’s now a senior player in our dressing-room and his experiences overseas have helped his game. I’m excited to see him continue his development as a Kent player,” Walker concluded.
Billings, who made his international debut in 2015, represented England in 13 One-day internationals and 13 Twenty20 internationals respectively.
Now, the senior campaigner in the Kent set-up, Billings made his first-class debut in April 2014. He played 53 four-day fixtures in which he scored 2,271 runs at an average of 33.39 which further saw him registering three hundreds and 11 fifties to his name.