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David Willey ready for Australian challenge

David Willey ready for Australian challenge
David Willey, is raring to have a go against arch-rivals Australia in the five-match One-Day International series which starts on Thursday.
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England fast bowler David Willey is raring to have a go against arch-rivals Australia in the five-match One-Day International series which starts on Thursday.

Willey was part of the England squad that won an exciting ODI series against New Zealand earlier this year.

Stating that the experience against New Zealand was very positive, Willey is eager to see the strategy Trevor Bayliss has prepared against Australia.

“I think you could see from those five games that the quality of players we have in the squad are capable of that attacking brand of cricket," he said.

“It was exciting to be a part of a fantastic series.

“The atmosphere in the dressing room was maybe something that hadn’t been there previously and I thoroughly enjoyed working with Paul Farbrace, and now certainly look forward to seeing how Trevor Bayliss puts his spin on things.” 

After a disastrous 2015 World Cup campaign, England began to adopt a positive approach to the game, which reaped rich dividends against New Zealand.

While Willey felt that it was necessary to play a positive brand of cricket, he was surprised at how quickly the turnaround happened.

“We were encouraged to go out and play positive cricket and change our style of play.

“You can’t expect it to work every time, but everyone was a bit surprised by how quickly things did come together.” 

Following the ODI series win against New Zealand, England carried forward the same momentum into the Ashes, going on to reclaim the urn with a 3-2 series win.

Willey was of the notion that the players in the Ashes squad did very well to prove their critics wrong by playing with a great attitude.

“I think they talked about carrying some of that attitude and atmosphere from the ODIs across into the Ashes, and wrongly, England were written off before the series by a lot of pundits.

“But the guys bowled exceptionally well and deserved all the success they had.” 

Knowing that the Ashes defeat will motivate Australia to come back strongly, Willey is keen to take part in the ODI series with the same positive approach displayed against New Zealand.

“I think that Ashes defeat will have fuelled Australia though to want to get one over us in the one-day series.

“I imagine the style of cricket will be very similar to that of the New Zealand series and I just can’t wait to get stuck in.” 

In his seven-year first-class career, Willey has managed to take 148 wickets from 58 games, but has been plagued by injuries.

The 25-year-old is eager to put his hand up for Test selection by cementing his place in the ODI squad with good performances.

“Test cricket is the pinnacle and I’d love to represent my country in Tests.

“But I have struggled with injuries and haven’t been able to string a season of first-class cricket together.

“My main priority is to stay fit and hopefully make myself a permanent fixture in the ODI team, and then hopefully use that as a stepping stone to push my claim for a Test spot.” 

The first of the England's five ODIs against Australia will get underway at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on 3rd September.

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