Facts & Stats

DATE OF BIRTH
28th Feb 1990

CAREER START
2009

PLACE OF BIRTH
Northampton, UK

DISCIPLINE
Cricket

NATIONALITY
English

Biography

David is an all-rounder with 77 caps and 94 wickets for England, an IPL and Big Bash winner, and has been named in the Wisden T20I Team of the Decade. After years of strong performances in International and domestic cricket, he has to be considered as one of the best white-ball bowlers of recent times.

David started his career playing for his home county, Northamptonshire, making his first team debut at just 19. He was quickly rewarded with a full-time contract, excelling particularly in white-ball cricket. By 2013 he was a key part of the Northamptonshire setup, culminating in scoring 60 off 27 balls and taking 4-9  in the Friends Life 20/20 Final victory.

By 2015 David had earned his first International call-up, debuting against Ireland.  That year he made strong performances against New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, and South Africa, cementing his place in the team.

David played every game in England’s 2016 T20 World Cup campaign, taking key wickets and making contributions with the bat throughout. He took 1-17 in the semi-final victory over New Zealand, before taking 3-20 in a close-run final. He was also named in the ICC Team of the Tournament to back up his excellent performances.

As an established one-day wicket taker and strong boundary hitter, David was signed by the Perth Scorchers between 2015 and 2018, and the Chennai Super Kings for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. David played a key role in tournament wins, adding a Big Bash and IPL trophy to his impressive cricketing CV.

David continued his strong International performances, particularly as part of the England one-day side to beat Australia 5-0 on home turf in 2018. Despite playing a key role in England’s success leading up to the 2019 World Cup, David was harshly omitted at the last minute in favour of the newly-qualified Jofra Archer.

In the summer of 2020 David earned his England recall against Ireland, taking his first ODI five-wicket haul and earning the Man of the Series Award for his consistent performances with the ball. He is now T20 captain for Yorkshire, having moved from Northamptonshire in 2016, and continues to push his performances to the next level.

Quotes

“Feeling stable and supported is essential as an athlete. Wearing the EXO1 takes care of that for me.”

David Willey
November 2020

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