Tom Banton Biography – From Hockey’s scoop to Cricket’s Reverse Sweep!
Early Life of Tom Banton:
Tom Banton was born on November 11, 1998, in Chiltern, Buckinghamshire. He was a member of the Warwickshire academy before moving to King’s College. He had scored 4 or 5 centuries and a double hundred for Warwickshire under-10s cricket team.
Banton also used to play hockey until opting for cricket as his career. He had played for the under-17s hockey team.
Later, he joined King’s College where his housemaster, Phil Lewis, former English cricketer, recognized his talent and taught him under his own guidance. Lewis was also the coach of English wicket-keeper batsman Josh Buttler.
At 17, Tom, in a match against Somerset Academy scored a century for King’s by which Somerset’s director, Steve Snell, got impressed and recruited him for Somerset. A week later, he played for Somerset Second XI opposite Middlesex and played a brilliant inning of 96 runs in the match.
He did his initial schooling at Bromsgrove School. Subsequently, he completed his schooling at King’s College, a boarding school in Somerset, England.
Tom Banton’s Cricket Career:
On July 16, 2017, Tom Banton made his T20 debut for Somerset against Middlesex in NatWest t20 Blast at Uxbridge. He could only score 4 runs in the match, however, he stumped Malan on his debut.
Later, he played for England’s Under-19s team, and in the 2017-18 season, he scored 451 runs in 18 Youth ODI matches. He also played 2 Youth Tests in 2018 in which he scored 180 runs including a century in just 2 matches. He was also part of the 2018 England’s under-19s world cup team.
On May 18, 2018, he started his List-A career from the Royal London One-Day Cup series against Surrey at The Oval. He didn’t get the chance to bat in the match because his team already chased down the target of 129 runs.
In the same year, in September, Banton made his First-Class debut opposite Surrey at Taunton. As an opener in the match, he scored 30 runs in the first innings and could only manage to score 4 runs in the second innings before getting out by Tom Curran. In that season, he scored 570 runs in 12 matches with the highest score of 79 runs.
On November 05, 2019, Tom Banton played his first T20 International match opposite New Zealand at Nelson. He scored 18 runs on his debut including 2 fours and a six. Later, he was named in the squad for series against South Africa but didn’t get the chance to play.
Later, on February 04, 2020, he made his ODI debut against South Africa at Cape Town where he scored 18 off 23 balls.
Brisbane Heat signed Tom Banton for the 2019-20 Big Bash League. Meanwhile, the wicket-keeper batsman showed his skills in his very second match of the BBL by smashing 64 runs including 6 fours and 4 sixes in 36 balls. Later, in a match against Sydney Thunders, he hit 56 runs in just 19 balls. He hammered 5 sixes in the over of Nair, and a total of 7 sixes in that match.
Banton has also played for the Qalandars in the T10 league held in Abu Dhabi where he scored 162 runs in 5 matches at an average of 40.50 including 2 fifties.
He was signed by the Peshawar Zalmi ahead of Pakistan Super League 2020.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bought Tom Banton at the 2020 IPL auction along with players like Chris Green, Pat Cummins, and mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy. KKR bought him at his base price of 1 crore.
He made his debut for the team on October 13, 2020, against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Tom Banton Biography:
|Tom Banton's Profile:|
|Full Name||Thomas Banton|
|Date of Birth||November 11, 1998|
|Age||21 years (in 2020)|
|Birth Place||Chiltern, Buckinghamshire|
|School||Bromsgrove School, and King's College, Taunton|
|Hair Color||Dark brown|
|Eye Color||Dark brown|
|Family & Relationships:|
Former English cricketer and a Businessman
|Ali Hampson Silk|
|Batting Style||Right-hand bat|
|Major Teams||England, England Under-19s, Somerset 2nd XI, Warwickshire 2nd XI, Warwickshire Under-13s, Warwickshire Under-14s, Warwickshire Under-15s, Warwickshire Under-17s, Brisbane Heat.|
|South Africa vs England at Cape Town (February 4, 2020)|
|New Zealand vs England at Nelson (November 5, 2019)|
|First-Class Debut||Somerset vs Surrey at Taunton (September 18, 2018)|
|List-A Debut||Surrey vs Somerset at The Oval (May 18, 2018)|
|T-20 Debut||Middlesex vs Somerset at Uxbridge (July 16, 2017)|
Tom Banton’s father, Colin Banton is a former South African born cricketer who had played for England, and presently a businessman.
His mother’s name is Jayne Banton who is a swim teacher.
His younger brother, Jacques Banton, is also a cricketer, and he is currently playing for Worcestershire 2nd XI. Jacques is also an ambassador of an organization named ‘SportingMindsUK’.
Facts about Tom Banton:
- He was the second-highest run-scorer of 2017-18 Under-19s Youth ODIs.
- Tom Banton’s girlfriend’s name is Ali Hampson Silk.
- Scoops and Reverse Shots are some of the shots he often plays.
- He was the winner of the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) Young Cricketer of the year 2019.
- He idolizes Josh Butler and AB de Villiers.
Frequently asked questions on Google:
Q1: What is the height of Tom Banton?
Ans: 6ft. 2” (190 cm)
Q2: What is the age of Tom Banton?
Ans: 21 years (in 2020)
Q3: Who is the girlfriend of Tom Banton?
Ans: Ali Hampson Silk.
Q4: Who is the father of Tom Banton?
Ans: Colin Banton.
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