Billings: Scoring 500 in an ODI is possible


England short format wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings says one-day cricket could see a score of 500, with the way batting has evolved in recent years.

Billings is a fixture in England's T20 side, and hopes to be a more regular part of the ODI side as well, though Jos Buttler is firmly entrenched there.

Billings played for the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL this year, and says that experience was vital for his career, and made him look at the business of cricket differently.

He said on Cricinfo: "The face of cricket is changing all around the world with different competitions popping up everywhere. We've just got to keep growing the game.

"I think that ODI series against New Zealand [last summer] was actually one of the best, not only for the England team but for the whole cricket world because it had two teams just going out there without a care in the world. 

"In the deciding ODI, Morgs [Eoin Morgan] came in against the left-arm spinner and tried to take him down. That's the way you have to play nowadays, because 300's not good enough. 

"It's that mindset of taking it on, whether it's first ball or last ball: have no regrets and go with the flow. See 400 as a realistic option. It sounds ridiculous, but it is. 

"The last 20 overs, you can get 200. Why not? And then you've 30 overs before that. I reckon we will see 500 one day."

He added of his IPL experience: "I just saw it as a huge opportunity. (ECB director) Andrew Strauss has encouraged as many of us as possible to go and play in franchise tournaments around the world. 

"He sees it as an opportunity to improve as individuals and in the long run that's going to benefit English cricket as well. Even when you're not playing you learn just as much as when you are. You've just got to soak it all up because it is a different world out there.

"I was actually naïve going into it because I thought it was just cricket, there was training and you got plenty of time in between games. But there was something on every day! 

"If you're not training you're doing photoshoots, you're singing in adverts, you're doing all sorts for the sponsors. I was quite lucky actually. They wanted the big guys' faces on adverts and we had Brathwaite, Morris, Zaheer Khan, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock. 

"They didn't have a clue who I was! They thought I was the physio."