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David Willey deserves England call-up

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Willey gives it a whack.. (©GettyImages)
Willey gives it a whack.. (©GettyImages).

David Willey has become a familiar name in the past year or so, hasn't it? The other night we saw him play an absolute rip-snorter of a knock worth 95 runs that had Leicestershire on their knees. Of course he deserved a ton but he'll take it anyway.

Coming back to where I started, Willey has grown in strength. He has been an improved Cricketer in every seen that we have seen him particularly the shorter versions. A heavy kind of lad by physique, the Northants player can hit it as long as any hitter you'll see.

Though, what adds to his value as a player is the fact that he takes at the same time as well and is a "genuine" all-rounder, the best example of which was presented in the most emphatic of fashions by him as he plundered a half-century off 19 balls, took a hat-trick and influenced a run out as well.

Agreed, he still needs to go a long way as a test batsman (as he is a far better bowler in the longer version) but he seems just about ready to play the role of a "finisher" for the 50-over England side and an opener in the T20 one, a format which highly appreciates blokes who go hard from the very first ball.

It surprises me a bit as to why hasn't he been selected yet in our limited overs squads. He is a perfect bloke as a finisher, even better as an opener (in T20s) and you add to this, you get a wicket taking bowler plus a virile fielder.

I'd rather warn the ECB selectors that they really are missing out on a seriously good player who has all the ingredients of making a name for himself in the future. Don't go by the stats ECB, they often lead to naive conclusions.


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