David Willey, the son of former England all-rounder turned umpire Peter Willey, made his debut for Northamptonshire at the start of the 2009 season.
Obdurate, like his father, but with a far less unorthodox technique, he struck a half century on his Championship debut, and was soon rewarded with a professional contract.
Batting and bowling left-handed, Willey claimed 43 first-class wickets in 2012 and has had another fantastic year in 2013.
He is a consistently good performer for Northants who are flourishing this summer. His bowling action is very strong, and he always looks to threaten the stumps which is just what you want to see from a young bowler.
His bowling average in T20 cricket is around 17 which is an excellent return for someone who has played more than 50 matches. His batting is already very good and will certainly improve over the next few seasons as he gains experience.
In red ball cricket he performs well with bat and especially ball, his ability to swing it both ways makes him a real handful.
He has been a mainstay of the Northants side for two seasons now, and deserves a chance with the England Lions as he is probably the best all-rounder on the domestic circuit at the moment.
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