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England in West Indies 2016-17

First-choice opener Hales hitting the gym at six in the morning

Mar 7, 2017: A period out of international cricket has given Alex Hales time to 'realise what he has been missing' according to England's assistant coach, Paul Farbrace

George Dobell in Barbados

West Indies v England, 2nd ODI, Antigua

Billings keen to be more than a fill-in

Mar 4, 2017: With Alex Hales nearing full fitness, Sam Billings knows he has limited chances to prolong his run in the side and stake a Champions Trophy claim

George Dobell in Antigua

England in West Indies 2016-17

England aim to test bench strength as Champions Trophy fine-tuning begins

Mar 2, 2017: While nobody will be calling West Indies "mediocre" this time, there is no doubt that England go into this three-match ODI series as strong favourites

George Dobell in Antigua

England in West Indies 2016-17

Fit-again Hales in line for West Indies tour recall

Feb 23, 2017: Hales, who missed out on selection for the original squad after sustaining a broken bone in his right hand during the ODI series in India, is due to have a scan on the hand on February 27

George Dobell in Basseterre

IPL 2017

Stokes, Woakes, Buttler to miss Ireland ODIs

Feb 21, 2017: Ben Stokes will be available to his new IPL franchise, Rising Pune Supergiants, for the full six-week group stage of the competition

ESPNcricinfo staff

Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators, PSL 2017, Sharjah

Blistering Billings gives Islamabad much-needed boost

Feb 15, 2017: Islamabad United opener Sam Billings combined clean timing with explosive power-hitting to ensure the defending champions inflicted the season's first defeat upon Quetta Gladiators

The Report by Danyal Rasool

India v England, 1st T20I, Kanpur

'A pretty complete performance' - Morgan

Jan 26, 2017: Eoin Morgan hailed his bowlers' collective effort after they set up a seven-wicket win, which the captain called a 'pretty complete performance' during the first T20 in Kanpur

Vishal Dikshit in Kanpur

England in India 2016-17

Hales out of India tour, Bairstow in T20 squad

Jan 20, 2017: Alex Hales sustained a fractured hand in the defeat in Cuttack and England have called up Jonny Bairstow to replace him in the T20 squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

England in India 2016-17

Unflagging and zealous, Billings seeks new peaks

Jan 13, 2017: Sam Billings may be a peripheral figure in England's one-day set-up, but his appetite for learning and hard graft is increasingly hard to ignore

Will Macpherson

England in India 2016-17

Billings is up for the job - any job

Jan 11, 2017: Sam Billings has teamed up with England's ODI squad after a decent Big Bash eager to fulfil any role that might come his way

Arun Venugopal

India A v England, warm-up match, Mumbai

Billings' 93 helps England XI hunt down 305

Jan 10, 2017: Sam Billings' 93 helped England to their first win of the tour, ensuring MS Dhoni's last match as captain of an Indian side did not go to plan

The Report by Arun Venugopal in Mumbai

Big Bash League 2016-17

Billings signs up for Sixers

Nov 29, 2016: Sam Billings, the Kent and England wicketkeeper-batsman, has signed to play for Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League in Australia next month

ESPNcricinfo staff

England news

Cricket charity Chance to Shine receives ECB funding boost

Nov 3, 2016: The England & Wales Cricket Board has announced that it will be doubling its investment in Chance to Shine

Andrew Miller

England in India 2016-17

Billings bides time for Test call-up after Vaughan backs spin technique

Nov 2, 2016: Sam Billings says he is flattered to have been talked up by Michael Vaughan as a potential reinforcement for the Test tour of India, but insists that he remains a work in progress

Andrew Miller

BCB XI v England XI, Chittagong

Rain thwarts England warm-up

Oct 14, 2016: England's inexperienced one-day side has been lauded for overcoming a 'daunting' experience to halt Bangladesh's run of six home series win in a row

ESPNcricinfo staff

England in Bangladesh 2016-17

England's youngsters put absentees on notice

Oct 13, 2016: England's inexperienced one-day side has been lauded for overcoming a 'daunting' experience to halt Bangladesh's run of six home series win in a row

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladesh v England, 3rd ODI, Chittagong

Buttler praises stand-in openers

Oct 12, 2016:

Mohammad Isam

Bangladesh v England, 3rd ODI, Chittagong

Duckett and Billings show their promise to earn series win

Oct 11, 2016: Hold the pose and watch the ball disappear down the ground high into the crowd. Such was the perfect manner in which Chris Woakes settled a wonderful one-day series

The Report by David Hopps

Kent v Northants, Specsavers Championship Div 2, Beckenham, 3rd day

Billings' late dash to no avail as Kent's promotion hopes are crushed

Sep 8, 2016: Sam Billings drove through the night to take his place in Kent's batting order, but he couldn't save the day, and their season

Tim Wigmore at Beckenham

Sussex v Kent, Specsavers Championship Div Two, Hove, 1st day

Viljoen, Billings keep up Kent pursuit

Aug 31, 2016: Kent, 24 points behind Essex with three matches remaining, need to close that gap before the sides meet in the final match of the season at Canterbury

David Hopps at Hove
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