Sam Billings given oxygen on field after dislocating shoulder in first over of Kent return

Sam Billings given oxygen on field after dislocating shoulder in first over of Kent return

A freak incident on a Cardiff outfield could give Surrey’s Ben Foakes a chance to return to international cricket sooner than he may have anticipated.

Sam Billings, named as England’s keeper for next week’s ODI against Ireland and T20I against Pakistan, suffered a nasty dislocation to his left shoulder playing against Glamorgan in the first over of his first game for Kent since returning from the Indian Premier League.

Requiring ice and oxygen before he was helped from the field, the Kent captain was taken to hospital to have his shoulder relocated. Billings will see a specialist on Friday, where he will undergo scans. 

It is another setback in a frustrating episode for Billings who appeared just once for the Chennai Super Kings in this year’s IPL, a match in which he was dismissed for a duck.

Billings’ injury could also leave England with a keeping quandary in the immediate future as Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler, also both returned from the IPL, are being rested ahead of next month’s World Cup. Lancashire’s Alex Davies, another contender, is also sidelined with a hand injury. 

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