David Willey, England batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Left-arm pacer's ability to take wickets in Powerplay key for team

What David Willey has been able to do with reasonable regularity is take wickets in the opening Powerplay, and that is so important in modern-day one day cricket.

Peter Miller, May 12, 2019 17:12:27 IST

Another of the England players who made his debut in the immediate aftermath of the 2015 World Cup, David Willey has been in and out of this England team over the last four years. A left arm seamer who rarely fails to get the new ball to swing, Willey certainly brings a different angle to England’s attack. Where he has struggled has been when the shine has gone and the ball stops swinging. He has neither the out and out pace or the variations to make world-class batsman think about taking him on. Even with that said he has a fine record with the ball in ODI cricket. 48 wickets an average of 35 with an economy rate of 5.5 are very fine returns. If he could find a way to be truly penetrative once the shine has gone from the new ball those figures would be even better.

File image of David Willey. AFP

File image of David Willey. AFP

What Willey has been able to do with reasonable regularity is take wickets in the opening Powerplay, and that is so important in modern-day one day cricket. If teams are having to rebuild early on, it is far harder for them to have a platform from which they can launch later in the innings. That is a skill which should not be underestimated.

An area of Willey’s game that has been under utilised by England is as a batsman. He has regularly opened the batting in domestic T20 cricket. He has two first-class hundreds, three List A hundreds and two tons in T20s. For England he has never batted higher than seven in ODIs. He has still managed a half century in that format for his country. It would be interesting to see Willey being given a pinch-hitting role in a shortened run chase to see if it came off, but with the glittering array of batting talent that England have at their disposal this is unlikely to happen.

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Updated Date: May 12, 2019 17:12:27 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254