After being ruled out of England’s white-ball squads for the series against South Africa, batsman Sam Billings has decided to take a break from the game before the new season with English county side Kent.
England is expected to take on South Africa in a three-match ODI series and several T20Is starting on 4 February 2020 in Cape Town. However, Billings, who was part of England’s 3–2 T20I series win against New Zealand, is excluded from the two classes.
After taking to his official Twitter handle, the 28-year-old expressed his disappointment at the lapse, but at the same time stated that he would continue to work.
“Best for the top for all South Africa. The total amount of depth in white-ball games. Of course, don’t be disappointed but wish the boys the best. Will be working hard to get the mix (in all formats) shortly! “they wrote.
Billings then revealed that he had decided to quit any franchise cricket this winter and had a big year. “On a very personal level, I have chosen to take any franchise cricket out of this winter as well as focus on / fres @ fratcreat for a big year. Very fortunate to have more in the last few years Games have happened. Took a break. The best decision I think, ” Sam Billings said.
Billings rejected the controversy over England’s inclusion in the World Cup squad for the 2019 edition as he twisted his shoulder on the opening day of the season.
Last month, the batsman was named as England’s vice-captain for the T20 series against New Zealand. However, he failed to click with the bat as he was able to score just 34 runs in five innings played during that series.