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Banton's dream is to play Test cricket for England

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Filed on November 22, 2019 | Last updated on November 22, 2019 at 05.57 pm
Tom Banton wants to play all formats.

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Banton, just 21, has already debuted for England in the shortest format of the game

 Young gun Tom Banton has said that he wants to play all formats but his ultimate dream would be to play Test cricket England.
Banton, just 21, has already debuted for England in the shortest format of the game when he featured in the T20 series against New Zealand, at the start of this month.
The opener, who is also adept at wicketkeeping, had a ground-breaking season with Somerset where he was the leading scorer in the Vitality Blast - England's county T20 competition. He racked up 549 runs from 340 deliveries, that included 23 sixes.
He also racked up 454 runs as Somerset won the One-Day Cup. He had scores of 112, 59 and 69, including a 52-ball 100.
"I want to play all formats to England," said Banton.
"My number one goal still for me is to play Test cricket for England. I think just how the year has gone back home with Somerset, I did well in white-ball cricket but definitely the goal is to play Test cricket for England," he added.
Banton looks up to his county teammate Jos Buttler, who has become a permanent feature in the England line-up. If things go well, Banton could, soon enough, be the understudy to Buttler.
"I'd say Jos Buttler," Banton said when asked about his idol.
"Obviously, a Somerset boy as well. We went to the same school. Obviously, he's a lot older than me. But I think the way he has played the last few years has been amazing," said Banton, who captained England at the Under-19 World Cup in 2018.
Buttler is his idol but Banton's inspiration has been his dad. His father Colin, who was born in South African but moved to England, played county cricket for Nottinghamshire for one season, back in 1995.
"Since a young age, maybe three or four in the garden with him, doing whatever, bowling, batting, wicketkeeping. He played for Notts for two years and then he left, not really sure why. He has been a massive influence for me," revealed Banton.
Banton has lit up the ongoing Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 League with the Qalandars, with scores of 53 not out and 80.
His pyrotechnics has already seen him seal a deal with Brisbane Heat for the Big Bash League and has also drawn admiring eyes from franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The IPL auction is set to be held in Eastern Indian city of Kolkata on December 19.
About his style of batting, he said: "I don't overthink it, I just try and see the ball and hit it and if it comes off, it comes off, and if doesn't, it doesn't. I think there will be times where the way I play, I will get out and it will look quite silly. People might make comments about it but I'm not going to change the way I've played from a young age."


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