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England wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings sees no reason why his side cannot win the Champions Trophy for the first time in June.
England came agonisingly close to lifting the coveted trophy in 2004 and 2013 as they finished as the runners-up on both occasions.
But, with the event being held in England, Billings pointed out that the national team have to use that to their advantage.
“Our aim is to win the Champions Trophy and we will go into the tournament with nothing to fear because of the ability in our whole squad,” Billings told ecb.co.uk. “We have amazing quality throughout the squad and everyone can come in and do a really good job.
“There is always going to be pressure, especially in a home tournament, but should be using that to our advantage. We know how good we are and how good we can be. We have the attitude to improve and we go into every game believing we can win.
“It’s a cliche, but we will take it one game at a time. If you look too far ahead, that’s when you run into problems, but we know the end goal. We have a great team and a great group of players who are mates and enjoy each other’s company, so we will all be really looking forward to it.”
In England’s most recent ODI assignment against the West Indies in March, which they won 3-0, Billings opened the batting twice and scored a fantastic 52 in the opening game in Antigua.
But, having not played an ODI on home soil since 2015, Billings is excited about the prospect of donning the England jersey in front of his own fans once again.
“I want to give the selectors some headaches. I have proven that I can put in match-winning performances and get big scores,” he said. “I think I can offer different options because of my flexibility in being able to bat between one and seven as well as keep wicket, so I think I have something to offer the team.
“I feel really good and it’s a really exciting chance for me. I thought I did well in the West Indies, I scored a fifty in the first match and then I got one early in the second game, which is just something that happens sometimes when you’re a cricketer. I have not played an ODI at home since my debut series against New Zealand in 2015, so now I’m raring to go.”