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Tom Banton back from his travels

Tom Banton is back home with his family after a winter which saw him make his IT20 and ODI debuts for England. He also appeared in several short format franchise competitions across the globe.

Last summer the 21-year-old announced his arrival on the cricketing scene in no uncertain terms, scoring his maiden centuries in the Vitality Blast and the Royal London One-Day Cup and averaging over 40 in both competitions.

He also played a key innings in the final of the Royal London One-Day Cup at Lord’s, hitting 69 at the top of the order to help Somerset to victory over Hampshire at the end of May.

In the County Championship, Tom scored over 500 runs in the 10 matches he appeared in, which included a best of 79 and five half centuries.

As well as making his England debut, since the end of last summer Tom has played in the Big Bash, the Abu Dhabi T10 and the Pakistan Super League.

Talking from his home earlier today, Tom said: “I’ve been back home now for a couple of weeks after the Pakistan Super League, which was a great experience and the crowds were just fantastic.

“It’s been a fantastic winter for me, but it’s been tricky at times with being away so much. That’s been quite hard, but I’ve loved it and it seems to have gone really quickly as well.

“There have been a few memorable days during the winter for me. One of which would be my England T20 debut in New Zealand, which was pretty special. Then there was my ODI debut in Cape Town against South Africa as well. That was also very special because that’s where my Dad was born. It’s a lovely ground too with great views.

“I enjoyed the Big Bash with Brisbane Heat, and hitting five sixes in an over against Sydney Thunder was great fun.

“The Pakistan Super League was also pretty special and in one of the games we played in front of a crowd of 55,000 which was absolutely crazy!

“Right now it’s great to be at home and I’m looking forward to playing for Somerset again this season.”

He added: “The more I’m hearing about the coronavirus, the more I’m thinking that it’s best for me and everyone to stay at home. I just hope that all the Somerset supporters are safe and well.”

England and Big Bash images courtesy of Getty Images.

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