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England Test leader Joe Root has thrown support behind his Yorkshire teammate – David Willey, who has recently missed out on selection to be among the 15-man Three Lions’ squad for the impending 2019 World Cup.
The ODI showpiece will begin from May 30. Hosts will play South Africa at Kennington Oval in London.
Pertinently, Willey missed his spot to Windies-born all-rounder Jofra Archer, who represents Sussex in the English County cricket.
“I can imagine it’s a hard pill for him to swallow. But I’m sure he’ll go back to Yorkshire and be the brilliant professional that he is. And help win some games of cricket, Yorkshire digital quoted Root as saying.
However, the prominent batsman Root has backed Willey to return stronger following the World Cup snub. Many believed that Willey would make it to the coveted squad of England in a bid to feature in the twelfth edition of the quadrennial event.
While speaking about Willey, Root reiterated he‘s a fascinating cricketer.
“No one really deserved to miss out due to how well everyone had performed coming into this summer and selection. I think Will is a fine cricketer,” Root said.
However, the other two Yorkshire players; Adil Rashid and Jonny Bairstow have made it to the squad alongside Joe Root.
In between, Willey has expressed his disappointment for failing to make it to the squad.
Disappointed Willey took to Twitter:
What can I say, I’m absolutely gutted. Still 100% behind the lads. On a positive…..still winning at life!! pic.twitter.com/h8AAoregxV
— David Willey (@david_willey) May 21, 2019
Meanwhile, Root is optimistic about Willey’s rise in the foreseeable future. The star batsman stated Willey had done exceedingly well for England while donning the national colours. He added, Willey is potent enough to continue with his prominence.
“He’s done some wonderful things in an England shirt, and I’m sure he will do again in the future,” Root added.
On the other hand, Willey, 29, has featured in 46 ODIs for England after making his debut in 2015. He has bagged 52 wickets at an average of 36.62.
The Northampton-born has bowled his heart out in the recently-concluded five-match ODI series against Pakistan.
In three-matches Willey managed to bag four scalps.
Root asserted Willey would be keen to prove everyone wrong on his way back to the national fold. He added Willey himself knows how things work.
“It can’t be easy for any of the guys that have been left out. But it’s all part and parcel of cricket, unfortunately. I’m sure he knows that as well as anyone. But he’ll be wanting to prove people wrong and get his way back into an England shirt in the near future,” Root inferred.
Ahead of the kick-off of the World Cup, ten warm-up matches will be played between May 24 and 28 respectively.