Loughborough University and Loughborough MCCU graduate Sam Billings made his international debut as England began their new era of one-day international cricket on Tuesday.
The game is one that will live in the memory of many England fans, with records being broken all over the pitch, including a record batting total of 408-9 for the home team.
Is every game like that??? not a bad debut, awesome day! @josbuttler @joeroot05 @AdilRashid03 unbelievable! #taaaap pic.twitter.com/Rz5ehko4r6
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) June 9, 2015
Billings played his part by breaking a 66 run fourth-wicket stand between Ross Taylor and Grant Elliot with a great piece of fielding to run-out Taylor.
Salliann Briggs, Cricket Performance Manager & Women’s Head Coach at Loughborough University:
We are absolutely delighted for Sam, we knew he was something special during his 3 years here on the MCCU programme. Since graduating he has gone from strength to strength in the short format game and we’re pleased he has been given the opportunity when so many talented young cricketers are coming through. This is also a great celebration for the MCC University cricket programme who continue to develop talented cricketers into the professional game or on this occasion the world stage.
Billings will look to continue his England career during the remainder of the five match series against New Zealand.