Sky Cricket Masterclass: Sam Billings gives wicketkeeping demo
Kent gloveman demonstrates how he keeps to seam and spin
By Sky Sports Cricket
Last Updated: 12/08/17 2:00pm
Sky Sports Cricket has brought you a host of masterclasses so far this summer with Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff and Daniel Vettori displaying their batting and/or bowling skills.
The attention turned to wicketkeeping recently, though, as Kent and England gloveman Sam Billings gave a fascinating demo at Canterbury during a guest commentary stint for Sky Cricket.
Billings' former Kent colleague and now Sky Sports expert Rob Key joined him at the St Lawrence Ground to see how the 26-year-old looks to keep to seamers and spinners.
Watch Billings' Masterclass in the video at the top of the page, where he showed some of the methods listed below - any aspiring young wicketkeepers, and some old ones, too, should take note!
- Why watching the ball all the way into your gloves, keeping your hands as open as possible, and catching out in front of you is crucial.
- Why the fingers-down approach works in England with the ball generally bouncing waist-high and why you should go up with the ball.
- The adjustments he makes when keeping to in-swing and out-swing bowlers and why you should not stand too wide.
- Why keepers should always expect batsmen to miss the ball and why he looks to move the ball back towards the stumps after taking it.
- Why it can be a "nightmare" when batsmen have different backlifts.
Billings, who received deliveries from Kent spinner Imran Qayyum, also detailed why MS Dhoni is so good keeping for India on spinning tracks.