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Sam Billings says England will not be able to save their place in the team after the return of Ben Stokes

England’s all-rounder Sam Billings, who has batted brilliantly against Ireland and Australia, admitted that he is unlikely to continue in the ODI squad following the return of star player Ben Stokes. The 29-year-old Kent County team batsman smashed 118 runs in the first ODI against Australia on Friday. His first century innings, however, did not prove to be enough for the team to win.

He was included in the ODI squad for the series against Ireland after an injury to Joe Denly last month. He then scored an unbeaten 67 which was his best score at the time. Stokes, who played a key role in making England the world champion, is currently in New Zealand with his family. He is set to return to Eoin Morgan’s team.

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Billings said he could lose his place in the playing XI after his arrival. He told Sky Sports, “It is one of the most difficult teams in the world at the moment in securing a place in the team.”

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The player, who played 19 ODIs and 30 T20 internationals after making his 2015 debut for England, said, “Ben Stokes is not here and I don’t think I will retain my place after scoring any number of runs.” Billings, however, is ready for any future opportunity. He said, ‘As long as you keep yourself ready, you never know when to get a chance.’

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