Sydney Thunders took a major step towards their success in the upcoming edition of the BBL by re-signing Sam Billings for the BBL 2021 season. Sam Billings had a spectacular outing last season with the Sydney Thunders franchise by registering 260 runs in 10 innings at an impressive rate of 142.
Sam Billings will team up with his countryman Alex Hales who had also extended his ties with the Sydney Thunders franchise earlier this month. Alex Hales is one of the best performers in the big bash league who has ended the last season of BBL as the leading run-scorer for Sydney Thunders. Both the England players will link with the former England coach Trevor Bayliss who has signed a three-year contract with Sydney Thunder as a head coach last month.
After finishing the third last season on a high note, Sam Billings is hopeful of Sydney Thunders ending their title run in the BBL 2021. “In my first experiences with Sydney Thunder last season there were obviously positive signs but we didn’t finish where we wanted to, or could finish,” Billings said. “There is no reason we can’t take another step forward and go close to the title.
“Hales is obviously a high-quality player and we have all seen what he can do. Both Hales and I have played a lot under Trevor (Bayliss) and it’s really exciting, not only for younger players but for the older players, to be influenced by TB”, Sam Billings added.
Sam Billings who hasn’t made his test debut for the national team has received a call-up to the squad for the ongoing five-match Test series as Jonny Bairstow’s back-up with Jost Buttler & Ben Foakes being unavailable for the test series. There are full chances of inclusion of Sam Billings in the Ashes squad in case if the three wicket-keepers become unavailable for any reason. If this happens then it’s understood that Sam Billings will miss the entire season of the BBL 2021.
BBL 2021 Sydney Thunder squad:
Usman Khawaja (C), Sam Billings, Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Ollie Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Baxter Holt, Nathan McAndrew, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain
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