London: England batsman Sam Billings desires to play Check cricket after lacking out on the nation’s World Cup sojourn final yr the place England completed as champions.
“That’s undoubtedly an enormous turning level in my mindset, and my profession, I suppose,” Billings informed ESPNcricinfo. “I need to play Check cricket. That may be a massive aim of mine.
“Final yr was, clearly, a tricky yr for me when it comes to my shoulder and lacking the World Cup. I got here again initially and going straight into the T20 did not fairly play in addition to I might have preferred and the workforce, we did not play in addition to we’d have preferred.
“However to type of bounce again and present, show to myself actually greater than something when it comes to the Championship stuff, that I’ve acquired the sport and the mentality to have the ability to achieve that format, not solely at first-class degree but additionally a degree above, for me that was an enormous constructive out of final yr.”
Billings had been chosen for England’s ODI towards Eire within the lead-up to the World Cup earlier than he acquired injured.
Billings is now competing with Joe Denly and Moeen Ali for a spot within the England aspect.
“The suggestions is, I am competing with Joe and Moeen, I suppose, for these middle-order, engineroom slots,” Billings stated. “Fairly easy actually.
“That is what I preferred about Morgs (Eoin Morgan), he simply was sincere with me and completely stated, ‘It isn’t particular, this stuff do change and may change’, it is simply that is the choice that was made.”
Billings is again as a part of a 55-man England coaching group making ready for a proposed worldwide summer time of behind-closed-doors fixtures.
“I feel there are alternatives within the Check workforce as nicely, particularly as a batter and in addition within the wicketkeeping place,” Billings stated. “I discover that basically thrilling. I do not need to simply be pigeon-holed as a white-ball participant. I am higher than that.”
Requested about being seen as a white-ball specialist, he stated: “There is no one else guilty aside from me actually for that.
“I performed 4 IPLs and you are not going to show down a chance like that as a younger participant when it comes to an opportunity to develop — particularly as there was no monetary achieve within the first two years. For me I noticed it purely as a chance as I went for base worth to Delhi.
“Clearly four-day cricket needed to take a again seat at that cut-off date and I simply did not play wherever close to sufficient cricket. That is the place my mindset has modified a bit bit.
“The again finish of final yr proved to myself greater than anybody that I might be extra than simply a median first-class cricketer or fairly first-class cricketer. That may be as robust a format as any. However it was solely once I actually proved it to myself final yr that got here again to the forefront of my thoughts.”