27-Year-Old Batsman England
July 23, 2017 David Willey News
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Willey blasted 118 off 55 including nine boundaries and eight maximums with the bat and toppled one for 35 off three overs with the ball in Sunday's NatWest T20 Blast victory over Worcestershire.
While he was expensive with the ball, Willey's fireworks with the bat were truly revelatory. After scoring just a single run across the three T20Is against South Africa, he's really found his form with the bat in the T20 Blast. This was his second career T20 hundred and his top score by 18 runs. With the form he's been displaying of late, it would be of no surprise to see him in the side for the one-off T20I against the West Indies in September.
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Fantasy AnalysisIn just 38 balls, Willey managed to race away to a score of 70 before being run out by Colin de Grandhomme. In his innings, Willey hit six sixes and four fours to get a strike rate of over 180. With the ball he was expensive, going for 23 from just three overs but managed to pick up the wicket of Tim Ambrose.
Fantasy AnalysisThe T20 specialist was solid in the first two matches of the series and had been bowling well until his second spell, when he totally lost feel of the ball. While they had runs to spare, he conceded 18 runs in his penultimate over and 16 more in his final over, ruining his economy after an excellent opening spell that saw him bowl more dot balls (8) than runs conceded (6).
Fantasy AnalysisWilley was injured while bowling against India in January and after further investigation, has a partial tear in his shoulder tendon. The allrounder has been used sparingly with the ball, using up his 10-over allotment in just seven of 25 ODIs. He has just one four-for with the ball and a top-score of 13 with the bat in his 25-match ODI career. He'll be replaced by Steve Finn on the ODI squad traveling to the Caribbean.
Fantasy AnalysisThe England international removed both openers to start Scorchers' defense of 177. In the third over Willey struck twice, bowling Ryan Gibson through the gate with the fourth ball before removing Kurtis Patterson with the last ball, caught by wicketkeeper Sam Whiteman. The 26-year-old allrounder has claimed six wickets in this edition of the BBL and is currently in a four-way tie for second place on the most-wickets list.
Fantasy AnalysisThe England international began Scorchers' defense of 198 by removing Strikers' opener Ben Dunk for zero with the third ball of the innings. In the third over Willey took his second wicket, the other opening batsman Jake Weatherald after her was struck in front of leg stump and adjudged lbw by umpire Greg Davidson.
Fantasy AnalysisWilley's most known for his work at the T20 level, with more than 100 wickets and a rare century to his name at that level. Since first joining the ODI squad in May of 2015, Willey's made his mark as a bowler, collecting 29 scalps in 18 innings. As a batsmen, he's topped out at just 13 not out. His return to the squad will be a boost to the English attack and, for a strong bowler, can help out with the bat as well.
Fantasy AnalysisClicking on all cylinders at the moment, Willey and the rest of the English bowling unit likely relished getting to bowl after putting up 324 in the first innings. Willey himself made the first inroad, hitting Kusal Perera's back leg in an LBW decision confirmed by Hawkeye in the fourth. Continuing to keep boundaries to a minimum, Willey emerged from his first spell with figures of 5-0-18-1, with the wicket total spiking upon his reintroduction with Sri Lanka at 174/7 after 36 overs. The big prize came in the form of Dinesh Chandimal, who whiffed completely on a back-of-length ball that swung away from the batsman and into the top of middle stump in the 41st. With the match all but wrapped up, Willey put the finishing touches on the series in his very next over with the removal of bowling specialist Nuwan Pradeep.
Fantasy AnalysisWilley's first ball trapped Lendl Simmons LBW for a golden duck, a sensational start for England in the second innings. In four overs he took two more wickets and gave up 20 runs, including 13 dot balls in the process. His team-leading economy rate of 5.00 had England feeling confident at the end of his tenure, but none of his successors managed to maintain the pace. Earlier, with the bat, he notched up a respectable 21 from 14 before a high hit saw him caught out by Johnson Charles.
Fantasy AnalysisWilley opened the second innings with the immediate scalp of Mohammad Shahzad, swinging the ball into his middle- and leg-side stumps. In his very next over, Willey also got Gulbadin Naib to a catch at extra cover, which leaves the seamer with four wickets, an 8.72 economy, and a 15.0 strike rate for the tournament.
Fantasy AnalysisThe early scalp of Martin Guptill aside, Willey's opening overs of the second innings were far from economical, as he served up two fours and one six. Willey, who completed a catch and an impressive run out of Kane Williamson in the field as the match continued, punctuated the series upon taking the ball in the 17th. After a wide on the initial delivery, Willey canceled out the Black Caps' final two batsmen on back-to-back balls to end the game. Willey has already returned to his county base with Northamptonshire, securing 31 off 12 in Friday's win against Worcestershire.
Fantasy AnalysisWilley was a wicket fiend in the last three ODIs of the series, taking his seven every 25.7 balls with an accompanying 6.93 economy rate. On Saturday, he induced more contact than each of his colleagues yet finished with the second-best economy among English bowlers. He made his mark in the death, though, with the scalps of Ross Taylor and Luke Ronchi, helping to stifle the Black Caps' late run. With that behind him, Willey is slated to take part in Tuesday's one-off T20I before heading back to Northamptonshire to finish out the NatWest t20 Blast.