David Willey makes T20 case with hat-trick against England team-mates

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David Willey made his case for a starting spot at the World Twenty20 by taking a hat-trick against his England team-mates in a mix-and-match warm-up against a Mumbai XI.

The Yorkshire all-rounder was one of four squad members parachuted into the local side - joining Adil Rashid, James Vince and Jos Buttler - and ended the innings with three wickets in as many balls.

Joe Root was his first victim, followed by Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan as Willey showed off his death bowling credentials at the Brabourne Stadium.

England finished with 177 for eight, Root having top-scored with 48.

Rashid also impressed in his first three overs, dismissing openers Jason Roy (32) and Alex Hales (37) before being smashed for two big sixes by Root in his fourth.

He finished with two for 33, with Willey's late show earning him three for 35.

Left-armer Willey, who is vying with Liam Plunkett and Liam Dawson for the last place in England's bowling line-up, had done little to advance his cause until being handed the final over of the innings.

Having conceded seven from his first three deliveries he went full to Root, who holed out to long-on.

Moeen top-edged a shorter delivery next up and was well held by a back-tracking Buttler behind the stumps.

That brought Jordan in to face the hat-trick ball, which was floated up outside off.

The all-rounder did not fully commit to the stroke and simply looped a catch to Jay Bista on the cover boundary.

Earlier, Rashid ended the promising knocks of openers Roy and Hales.

Both men appear in good touch heading into Wednesday's match against the West Indies, Roy following up his 55 against New Zealand on Saturday with another lively knock containing four fours and a six.

He miscued a reverse sweep to third man to end the opening stand on 69, before Hales chipped a return catch to Rashid.

The leg-spinner also had a hand in running out England captain Eoin Morgan for 11, but Ben Stokes found a measure of form with 30 from 23 balls.

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