Sam Billings and Jason Roy    Getty Images
Sam Billings and Jason Roy Getty Images

England s limited-overs specialists Jason Roy and Sam Billings will return to Sydney Sixers in BBL 2017-18. However, they will be part of the tournament only for the first half, England will be playing a five-ODI series against Australia next year. So, the Sixers would have to rely on their domestic players or seek international replacement for the remaining season.

Billings played 5 matches for Sixers last year, scoring 127 runs at 31.75. Roy played just four matches, accumulating 92 runs with a strike rate of over 161. However, Roy showed some acrobatic skills on the field that went viral on social media.

Roy had a disappointing English summer, struggling to find form. He was out of sorts in the Champions Trophy as well, ultimately being dropped in the semi-final clash against Pakistan.

He found his lost mojo in the T20I series against South Africa. But he headlined when he became the first man to be given out for obstructing the field in the shortest format of the international game.

Sixers coach Greg Shipperd welcomed the England duo. Here’s what he told cricket.com.au.

‘Roy possesses natural power’

“We are thrilled to have Jason and Sam back with us in our quest to go one further and win BBL 7. Jason has the capacity to individually change the course of a match and we value his strike rate which was a stellar 161 last season. As a batsman he possesses awesome natural power and has strokes in both sides of the wicket. More than that I was impressed by the impact he had in the field.”

‘Billings provides flexibility’

Sam is also a valuable signing for us. Importantly he had the capacity to bat anywhere from one to six which gives us comfort should we need or require adjustments to our order throughout the tournament. He can also cover with the gloves should that be necessary.”