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England Squad, Schedule, Date, Time And Venue For 2021 T20I World Cup

England which will be led by Eoin Morgan is one of the favourites to lift the World Cup trophy. The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the schedule for the much-awaited ICC T20 World Cup 2021 which is scheduled to begin from October 17 and will end on November 14 in the UAE.

Eoin Morgan-led 2019 World cup winners England is placed in Group A, which is also referred to as a ‘group of death’ by several cricket fans and experts. Considering the group contains dangerous teams like England, West Indies, Australia, and South Africa.

Notably, team West Indies will be the biggest threat for England considering the firepower they have in the team. Also, Australia might pull something unexpected with the return of star players in the team.

Eoin Morgan of England celebrates with his team as he lifts the Cricket World Cup trophy after the Final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and England at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Eoin Morgan celebrates with his teammates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

England Will Miss Ben Stokes And Jofra Archer

Team England will be very desperate to win the championship this time in the T20 World Cup 2021 as they came very close to winning the championship in 2016. Notably, Englishmen were defeated by West Indies in the finals of the T20 World Cup 2016 by 4 wickets.

England has been a dominant force in white-ball cricket lately, they have been one of the best teams in the World in ODIs and T20Is. They have explosive batters in top order, dependable all-rounders, and a fierce fast bowling unit.

Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes
Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes (Image Credit: Twitter)

In the last 10 T20 Internationals series England have played, they have faced loss only once, against Team India. However, Jofra Archer who is undoubtedly their best pacer will miss out on the marquee event. As he suffered a severe injury and has been ruled out of cricket for an entire year.

Meanwhile, star All-rounder Ben Stokes will also be unable to provide his services as he is on the break from cricket to focus on his mental well-being. The 2019 World Cup winners will be starting their T20 World Cup 2021 campaign with a high-profile battle against team West Indies. Team England will be looking forward to winning the T20 World Cup title after a decade as they won their first title in 2010 by defeating Australia by 7 wickets.

England’s Squad For Upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021:

Tymal Mills was among the 15-strong squad England announced on Thursday, 9 September for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. Tymal Mills last played a T20I in 2018, as part of a World XI that took on West Indies at Lord’s, and his latest appearance for England goes further back, to February 2017 in a T20I against India in Bengaluru. His pace will help the team offset the loss of Jofra Archer, who has been sidelined for the rest of the year with an elbow injury.

England (Photo: BCCI)
England (Photo: BCCI)

Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood; Reserves: Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, James Vince

Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali will look to make the most of spin-friendly conditions in the UAE, with the all-rounder Liam Livingstone providing support. Chris Jordan and Mark Wood will be joined by left-arm pacers Sam Curran and David Willey in a well-rounded attack.

England, the runners-up of the 2016 men’s T20 World Cup, will hope to go one better in the upcoming event. They will begin their campaign against defending champions West Indies on 23 October.

England’s complete schedule for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021:

23 October 2021: vs West Indies, Dubai (07:30 PM IST)

27 October 2021: vs Qualifier (B2), Abu Dhabi (03:30 PM IST)

30 October 2021: vs Australia, Dubai (07:30 PM IST)

November 1, 2021: vs Qualifier (A1), Sharjah (03:30 PM IST)

November 6, 2021: vs South Africa, Sharjah (03:30 PM IST)

Virat Kohli, KL Rahul | Photo Credit: AP
Virat Kohli, KL Rahul | Photo Credit: AP
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Virat Kohli Retains 5th Position While KL Rahul Advances To 6th Place In T20I Rankings

Virat Kohli, the present Indian skipper retained his fifth position while wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul gained one spot to be in sixth place in the latest ICC T20I rankings.

With 762 points, Virat Kohli is behind England’s David Malan (888 points), Australia white-ball skipper Aaron Finch (830), Pakistan captain Babar Azam (828), and New Zealand opener Devon Conway (774). Virat Kohli was the only Indian featuring in both ODI and T20I rankings for batsmen despite India not playing much white-ball cricket since March this year but it had little impact on the rankings of their stars.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (BCCI)

Virat Kohli Retains 5th Position While KL Rahul Is 6th In T20I Rankings While England’s Chris Woakes Attains Career-Best 3rd Position Among ODI Bowlers

KL Rahul, who has acquired 743 points, and Australian all-rounder dashing middle-order batsman Glenn Maxwell have climbed a rung each to be placed sixth and seventh respectively in T20I batsmen rankings. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli are the only two Indians to feature in the top-10 among batsmen. No Indian features in the top-10 among bowlers and all-rounders in the latest T20I rankings announced by ICC.

In the ODI rankings, Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma remained in the top five, occupying the second and third spots respectively, behind Pakistan skipper Babar Azam. Indian pace spearhead Japrit Bumrah, the lone bowler from the country in the top 10, dropped a spot to the sixth place, while Ravindra Jadeja remained in the ninth position in the all-rounders’ list.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul-Reuters.

England all-rounder Chris Woakes reached a career-best third position among bowlers after a fine show against Sri Lanka in the three-match ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League series. Chris Woakes, who grabbed six wickets in two matches, including a haul of four for 18 in the first ODI, has advanced four slots in the list led by New Zealand’s Trent Boult with Bangladesh’s Mehidy Hasan Miraz in second place.

Chris Woakes’ previous best was the fourth position he attained in September last year. He is also up one place to third among all-rounders after overtaking his team-mate, Ben Stokes who will lead the 18 men revised squad against Pakistan after a Covid-19 outbreak in the team.

David Willey, Tom Curran, Joe Root, And Eoin Morgan Of England Advance In ODI Rankings After Defeating Sri Lanka 2-0

Other England fast bowlers David Willey and Tom Curran, too, have gained positions in the latest men’s weekly rankings update. David Willey has moved up 13 places to 37th position after a ‘Player of the Series’ performance picking up nine wickets that included a haul of four for 64 in the second match, while Tom Curran’s four wickets in two matches saw him advance 20 places to 68th position.

England’s 2-0 series win, which helped them to the top of the CWC Super League Standings also saw Test captain Joe Root moving up two places to 13th position with a series-topping aggregate of 147 runs and white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan inching up from 26th to 25th.

For Sri Lanka, captain Kusal Perera is up to one place to 41st after scoring 82 runs in the series, while Dhananjaya de Silva has gained 10 slots to reach 74th position. In the men’s T20I rankings, South Africa’s Quinton de Kock has advanced nine places to 13th after aggregating 255 runs in their five-match series against the West Indies.

Joe Root's unbeaten run of 68* and 79* in the series sees him jump to 13th place.
Joe Root’s unbeaten run of 68* and 79* in the series sees him jump to 13th place.

Aiden Markram is up 23 places to 19th position while George Linde (up 30 places to 43rd) and Lungi Ngidi (up 25 places to 56th) are among the bowlers to gain after their 3-2 win. For the West Indies, Evin Lewis is up to one place to ninth position after finishing with 178 runs. Nicholas Pooran has gained 20 places to reach 87th position while Shimron Hetmyer is up 15 places to 99th.

All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has moved from 95th to 44th among bowlers after finishing with 10 wickets in the series while Obed McKoy has moved up 65 places to 53rd with nine wickets.

Avishka Fernando Image Source : GETTY
Avishka Fernando Image Source : GETTY
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Avishka Fernando Ruled Out Of The Three-Match ODI Series Vs England

Avishka Fernando, a Sri Lanka batsman has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match ODI series against England who won the 3 matches T20I series 3-0.

He has been ruled out after suffering a grade two tear to his quadriceps. Batsman Avishka Fernando had picked up the injury while fielding in the second T20I of the three-match series against England, and he also did not feature in the third and final T20I.

Avishka Fernando. (Credits: Twitter)
Avishka Fernando. (Credits: Twitter)

Avishka Fernando Sustained Injury To His Right Quadriceps

It had been Avishka Fernando’s first tour with the Sri Lanka national team since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. He wasn’t named in the limited-overs squads to the West Indies and Bangladesh tours after failing fitness tests. Hence, the 23-year old could have used most of his opportunity in England to make a case for the future, which didn’t happen.

Avishka Fernando in action against England (Photo/ Sri Lanka Cricket Twitter)
Avishka Fernando in action against England (Photo/ Sri Lanka Cricket Twitter)

Nevertheless, Avishka Fernando could not translate his promise in the shortest format, making scores of 0 and 6 in the first two T20Is. But the Wadduwa-born cricketer has an excellent record in ODIs as he has 653 runs in 18 games at 36.27, with a strike rate of 96.59.

“Avishka Fernando has sustained an injury to his right quadriceps (Grade 2 Tear). Fernando suffered this injury while fielding during the 2nd T20i played against England at Cardiff,” tweeted the official handle of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).

This injury comes as a major setback for Avishka Fernando as the tour of England was his first with the national team since the COVID-19 pandemic started. He had earlier missed the tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh on fitness grounds. Sri Lanka went on to lose the three-match T20I series against England.

England Clean Sweep T20I Series 3-0

In the 1st T20I, England managed to reach the target of 130 inside the 18th over with MOM Jos Buttler scoring an unbeaten 68 as England won by 8 wickets despite Dasun Shanaka’s 2nd T20I fifty.
In the 2nd T20I, Liam Livingstone steered England home in a rain-affected low-scoring game. England stuttered early in their response, slipping to 36 for 4 in the seventh over, before Liam Livingstone and Sam Billings put on 54 off 48 balls for the fifth wicket to rescue England who won by 5 wickets by Duckworth Lewis method.
England defeated Sri Lanka by 89 runs in the third T20I to clean sweep T20I series
England defeated Sri Lanka by 89 runs in the third T20I to clean sweep the T20I series (Image: ICC)

In the 3rd T20I, Dawid Malan fired a sensational fifty before David Willey picked three wickets to help England defeat Sri Lanka by 89 runs.

The visitors failed to win a single match, and as a result, England recorded a series sweep. England and Sri Lanka will now lock horns in the three-match ODI series, beginning Tuesday at Chester-le-Street.

Sri Lanka vs England Photo Credit: (Twitter)
Sri Lanka vs England Photo Credit: (Twitter)
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ECB Will Put In Place Alternative Arrangements To Ensure ODI Series Go On After Match Referee Tested Positive For Covid-19

ECB would seek replacements for five officials due to oversee the start of the ODI series between England and Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street on Tuesday after a positive Covid-19 test emerged from a member of the team at Southampton for the third T20I.
Phil Whitticase, who was the match referee for the T20I series, tested positive for the dreaded Covid-19 after a PCR test that was administered on Friday. He was asymptomatic and feeling well, according to the ECB, but will have to undergo an isolation period of 10 days.
Phil Whitticase with the captains at the toss for the third T20I AFP/Getty Images
Phil Whitticase with the captains at the toss for the third T20I AFP/Getty Images

ECB Confirms No Members Of The Two Teams England And Sri Lanka Were Impacted And Series Would Go On As Scheduled

Seven of the match officials and anti-corruption personnel who were involved in the 3rd T20I at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton have been deemed close contacts, including five members who were due to officiate at the Emirates Riverside. All of them will also be required to self-isolate for 10 days, until July 7. England is scheduled to play three ODIs against Sri Lanka over the upcoming week, at Chester-le-Street, The Oval, and Bristol.
“No members of the two teams were impacted,” the ECB said in a statement. “Alternative arrangements will be put in place to ensure Tuesday’s ODI goes ahead as planned.”
ECB- England and Wales Cricket Board @Twitter
ECB- England, and Wales Cricket Board @Twitter

The three-match ODI series between England and Sri Lanka will be continued with ‘alternative arrangements’ after the ICC match referee for the third T20I between the two teams, Phil Whitticase was tested positive for Covid-19.

In a statement, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) informed that all those who were in close contact with Phil Whitticase will be tested for the dreaded virus. According to the ICC’s website, Chris Broad was due to be the match referee for the first ODI, with Michael Gough and Richard Kettleborough named as umpires.

England Clean Sweeps Sri Lanka 3-0 In T20I Series After Winning 3rd T20I By 89 Runs

In the third T20I, Dawid Malan fired a sensational fifty before David Willey picked three wickets to help England defeat Sri Lanka by 89 runs on Saturday. England clean-swept Sri Lanka 3-0 in the T20I series with Saturday’s thrashing win over the visitors. The hosts scored 180 in their 20 overs and then folded Sri Lanka for 91 in the dead rubber to seal the series.
England defeated Sri Lanka by 89 runs in the third T20I to clean sweep T20I series
England defeated Sri Lanka by 89 runs in the third T20I to clean sweep the T20I series (Image: ICC)
Sri Lanka kept losing wickets at regular intervals and never really recovered. The visitors were at 53/4 after 10 overs and then collapsed to 64/8 in the 15th over before being bundled out for 91 inside 19 overs.
In the 1st T20I, England managed to reach the target of 130 inside the 18th over with MOM Jos Buttler scoring an unbeaten 68 as England won by 8 wickets despite Dasun Shanaka’s 2nd T20I fifty.
In the 2nd T20I, Liam Livingstone steered England home in a rain-affected low-scoring game. England stuttered early in their response, slipping to 36 for 4 in the seventh over, but they bat so deep that their victory never really seemed at risk. Liam Livingstone and Sam Billings put on 54 off 48 balls for the fifth wicket as England won by 5 wickets by Duckworth Lewis method.
Chris Woakes. (Getty Images)
Chris Woakes. (Getty Images)
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Chris Woakes Reveals ECB Officials Apologised To Him For Taxi Fiasco

Chris Woakes, England’s pace bowling all-rounder has revealed that England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) officials have apologi\sed to him for making him take a taxi that ultimately ruined his winter.

Chris Woakes was told to share a cab with spin all-rounder Moeen Ali from Birmingham to Heathrow Airport ahead of England’s Test tour of Sri Lanka in January. The 32-year-old had to isolate for a week when his fellow passenger tested positive for COVID-19 after they arrived in the island nation.

Chris Woakes Getty Images
Chris Woakes Getty Images

Chris Woakes Reveals He And Moeen Ali Were Put In An Unfortunate Situation And Vented His Frustration

Chris Woakes was ruled out of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle which eventually saw him miss every game in winter despite being voted player of the summer last season. The all-rounder recalled being frustrated with the hapless turn of events, adding that missing the winter season felt like a ‘waste’ of form to him.

Chris Woakes has acquired an apology from England over his taxi-sharing drama. The England star was dominated out after sharing a taxi with Moeen Ali, who contracted Covid-19.

“It was a big moment and there have been apologies but we were put in an unfortunate situation and I missed out because of that. I vented my frustration at the time. No stone has been left unturned during COVID-19 but that’s the one thing we did not get right. I paid the price for that.”

Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali - Action Images Via Reuters
Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali – Action Images Via Reuters

Chris Woakes feels he could have been a part of the playing XI for the first Test against Sri Lanka.

“I thought I was a shoo-in for the first Test. It doesn’t mean I would have then played all Tests but I would have had a chance to put my hand up and put in a strong performance. Not playing all winter after the summer I had, feels like a waste. You want to make the most of your form when you’re hot,” Woakes was quoted saying by Daily Mail.

After winning the two Tests in Sri Lanka, England lost the four-match test series in India. Moeen Ali featured in the India series for a solitary test before controversially heading home under the workload-management policy.

Chris Woakes Decided To Take A Break To Be With His Family Which Effectively Ruled Him Out Of Recent 2 Tests Against New Zealand

Chris Woakes also missed the recent two-test match series against New Zealand which the Kiwis won but admitted that he had himself to blame for this one. The ECB offered the players, who played in IPL 2021, a break from the home series, and Chris Woakes accepted it to be with his family.

“The IPL was very much on my shoulders. But it was tricky. The tests were scheduled late and as soon as I got out of isolation I would have had to play for Warwickshire after just a few days at home. It was in our hands and I decided a break with my family would do me good in the long run,” he added.

Chris Woakes last played a T20I for England against Pakistan in 2015-16 Getty Images
Chris Woakes last played a T20I for England against Pakistan in 2015-16 Getty Images

Chris Woakes has now been named in the squad for England’s T20 series against Sri Lanka. If given the opportunity, he will feature in a T20I after almost six years.

England has recalled Chris Woakes, David Willey, and Liam Dawson to their T20I squad to face Sri Lanka later this month. Chris Woakes has not played T20 cricket for England since 2015 but comes in as one of three changes from the India tour in March, with Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Reece Topley ruled out through injury.

England T20I squad For Sri Lanka: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

England squad for Sri Lanka ODIs: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

David Willey, Joe Root, 2019 World Cup, England
Joe throws support behind Willey. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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David Willey Tests COVID-19 Positive; Ruled Out Of T20 Blast Group Matches

England pacer David Willey has tested positive for COVID-19, his Yorkshire county club confirmed. The Yorkshire Vikings have suffered a major setback after skipper Willey tested positive and three other players came in contact with him. They all have been isolated from the team which are currently partaking in the T20 Vitality Blast.

Disclosing the names of the four cricketers, Yorkshire confirmed that Matthew Fisher, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Josh Poysden and David Willey have been advised to self-isolate for 14 days.

This means they will miss out on the remaining matches of the league stage in the ongoing tournament.  Willey had earlier revealed he had to overlook an IPL opportunity to captain Yorkshire Vikings in The Blast T20 series.

David Willey
David Willey. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

David Willey has confirmed he tested positive for COVID-19

Willey took to his twitter handle to confirm he and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19. Since the other three players namely Fisher, Tom Kohler, and Poysden were in close contact with the couple, they will also be serving a mandatory 14-days quarantine period.

David tweeted, “Thank you for all the kind messages. My wife & I received positive COVID test results. Gutted to be missing the remaining games. Even more devastated that having been in contact with the other 3 lads Sat morning (before we had symptoms) means they’re at risk & unavailable too.”

https://twitter.com/david_willey/status/1306315849347796999

The health and wellbeing of the players and support staff is the club’s primary responsibility: Yorkshire’s Lead Physiotherapist

Yorkshire’s Lead Physiotherapist Kunwar Basil has said they are disappointed about losing four key players of the squad but their main priority is the players’ and support staff’s health.

“Although it is disappointing that we will be without four key players, we have a duty of care to the wider squad and others. The health and wellbeing of the players and support staff is the club’s primary responsibility, as well as protecting the opposition, the integrity of the competition and playing our part in keeping the wider community safe,” Bansil said as quoted by Yorkshire website.

English T20 Big Blast 2015 Preview
T20 blast. Photo Credit: Twitter.

The Yorkshire County Club is currently placed at the fifth position in the points table of North Group with six points. The club has only managed to win to matches out of the eight played yet and have played two draws and faced f0ur losses. The Vikings have to play two more matches in the league stage of the T20 tournament, against Lancashire Lightning on September 17 and Derbyshire Falcons on September 20.

David Willey, Joe Root, 2019 World Cup, England
Joe throws support behind Willey. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Overlooked An IPL 2020 Opportunity To Lead Yorkshire In T20 Blast, Says David Willey

England all-rounder David Willey revealed he had to overlook an IPL opportunity to captain Yorkshire Vikings in The Blast T20 series. Willey was not called up for England’s squad to face Australia in the white ball series. The Blast series started from the 27th of August and will end on till October 3. The final stages of the series will clash with IPL which will commence on the 19th of September in UAE.

However, Willey has stated that he will be willing to join any IPL franchise after finishing the Blast if any opportunity arises. He was more inclined to captaining the Yorkshire Vikings to The Blast and hence passed on a chance to play in the IPL 2020.

David Willey, England vs Ireland
David Willey. Image Credit: Getty Images

Had to overlook an IPL opportunity to lead Yorkshire in The Blast: David Willey

The southpaw confirmed he had an offer from IPL which he passed on to be able to play with the Yorkshire Vikings in The Blast. He told the reason for being the clashing of both leagues. Willey who has previously represented CSK in the IPL is however still open to any opportunities arriving from the IPL, post finishing The Blast with Yorkshire Vikings in the first week of October.

“I had an offer. The problem is there’s a crossover with the Blast and the IPL, so I said I’m available from when the Blast finishes. I want to captain Yorkshire in the Blast and see that through, so if there’s an opportunity that comes after that (IPL), great. There may still be opportunities which I’m open to,” he told the Yorkshire Post.

Overlooked An IPL 2020 Opportunity To Lead Yorkshire In T20 Blast, Says David Willey 1
David Willey (Credits: BCCI)

I’ll bite someone’s hand off to get over and play, play any of the franchise cricket really: David Willey

Willey also opened up on the possibility of playing in the Big Bash League, in Australia and added the only concern in playing there will be the time spent away from his family. His comments showed he is desperate to get opportunities to play in franchise cricket.

“Again, there’s been a bit of interest there. But the issue for me there will be family travel. I’m not willing to spend that long away from my family. If that changes, I’ll bite someone’s hand off to get over and play, play any of the franchise cricket really, but it’s just weighing everything up,” he added.

BBL 07, David Willey, Return, Perth Scorchers, Adam Voges, Australia, BBL 2017-18
Photo Credit: BBL/CA.

The 30-year-old all-rounder is hoping to make a comeback to the England Team, after being overlooked for the series against Australia.

David Willey, England vs Ireland
David Willey. Image Credit: Getty Images
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England vs Ireland: David Willey Credits His Yorkshire Coach After Picking Maiden Five-Wicket Haul

England’s allrounder David Willey, who registered his first international five-wicket haul against Ireland in the first ODI match, has expressed that his best is yet to come. The left-hand pacer returned to international cricket after one year of a gap.

In the three-match ODI series against Ireland, England has rested their premier bowlers which gave chance to David Willey. He capitalised on the opportunity and guided England to a six-wicket victory in the first ODI match

Willey demolished Ireland’s top-order early which put the visitors in pressure.

Overall, he picked five wickets but didn’t get the chance to bat as England’s skipper Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings’ unbeaten knock of 36 and 67 runs respectively led the team to chase down the low target of 175 runs. 

David Willey credit his coach for success: 

David Willey
David Willey (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

David Willey said that Richard Pyrah, his bowling coach at Yorkshire, invested time in him. He feels like he is moving in the “right direction” and the best cricket from him is still to come. 

“He’s had me badgering him at all times of the day in the winter and fortunately he has invested some time in me. I feel like I’m moving in the right direction and I feel like my best cricket is probably still to come,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Willey as saying.

It’s been a rollercoaster: Willey

David Willey, England, Joe Root, 2019 World Cup
David Willey. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Before playing the ODI match against Ireland, David Willey last played for England against Pakistan in the ODI and T20I series in 2019. As he has returned after an extended period, the allrounder is grateful to again don the national jersey.

“It was just special to be out there playing for England again. The main priority was to enjoy it. I’ve gone away and worked quite hard to get back near my best. It’s been a rollercoaster, but I was just out there enjoying my cricket today,” he added. 

As of now, Willey has played 47 ODIs and 28 T20Is, picking 57 and 34 wickets. He has also scored 279 ODI runs and 166 T20I runs.

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England Vs Ireland 2020, 1st ODI: ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League Starts With England’s Comfortable Victory

The inaugural ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League starts with a comfortable victory by the latest World Cup winners England. In the opening game of the three-match home ODI series against Ireland at Southampton on Thursday (30th July), England registered a six-wicket victory with 133 balls left. With this victory, England have not only taken the 1-0 lead in this ODI series but also opened up their account in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League points table with 10 points.

After England decided to field first, Ireland were bundled out for just 172 runs in 44.4 overs. In reply, the hosts struggled in the beginning but reached the target in 27.5 overs after losing four wickets.

While the English left-arm pacer David Willey shined in the first innings, the right-handed middle-order batsman Sam Billings played the crucial role to chase that target comfortably. Meanwhile, the Irish debutant Curtis Campher was the standout performer for his side but he didn’t get enough support from his teammates.

England innings: Struggling on 78/4; Sam Billings and skipper Eoin Morgan rescued the hosts

Chasing down the target, England top-order batsmen failed to provide a strong start as it opened up a nervous moment in the hosts’ innings. In the very first over of the second innings, Ireland got a major blow as the right-arm pacer Barry McCarthy left the ground due to hamstring-like issue as he managed to deliver only five balls.

Opener Jonny Bairstow (2) was dismissed in the third over by the off-spinner Andy McBrine after the visitors successfully used the DRS on an lbw appeal. After scoring 24 runs, another English opener Jason Roy lost his wicket as this time the pacer Craig Young trapped him lbw.

James Vince strongly started his innings and scored 25 runs off 21 balls (5 fours), but just before the end of the first powerplay, he was caught behind as Young added another wicket in his account.

On his fourth ball, Irish debutant Curtis Campher dismissed Tom Banton for just 11 runs. At that stage, the hosts were struggling on 78/4.

However, the two middle-order batsmen, Sam Billings and the skipper Eoin Morgan then controlled that innings and slowly made the chasing comfortable for the side. They set up the 96 runs partnership for the unbroken fifth wicket that helped the English team to chase down the target inside the 30 overs.

Sam Billings, England, World Cup Super League
Sam Billings and Eoin Morgan (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Billings completed his third ODI fifty in 41 balls and remained not out on 67 runs off 54 balls (11 fours). Meanwhile, Morgan finished the game with a sixer as he was not out on 36 runs off 40 balls.

Ireland innings: David Willey registered his maiden ODI five-wicket haul, but debutant Curtis Campher scored a fifty

Earlier, England pacer David Willey provided a strong start for the hosts as Ireland were five-down for just 28 runs in the 7th over. Apart from the opener Gareth Delany (22), all other four Irish batsmen lost their wickets in the single-digits, including two ducks. Another Irish ODI debutant Harry Tector scored a nine-ball duck in that period. Out of those first five wickets, the left-arm English pacer Willey bagged four wickets.

David Willey, England, World Cup Super League
England pacer David Willey (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Then Kevin O’Brien and debutant Curtis Campher built up the 51 runs partnership for the sixth wicket. After scoring 22 runs, Kevin lost his wicket, while Simi Singh (0) also followed him soon after a dreadful run-out. At that stage, the visitors were battling on 79/7.

However, the debutant Campher didn’t lose his hope, rather than, he built up a strong eighth-wicket partnership of 66 runs with Andy McBrine. Campher brilliantly completed a half-century on his ODI debut in 103 balls. But soon after his 50 runs, McBrine lost his wicket on 40 runs. Barry McCarthy (3) and Craig Young (11) built up the little partnerships at the end while Campher remained not out on 59 runs off 118 balls (4 fours).

Curtis Campher, Ireland, World Cup Super League
Curtis Campher (Image Credit: Reuters)

On the other hand, Willey claimed his first ODI five-wicket haul after dismissing the last Irish batsman Young. The Player of the Match award winner Willey had the bowling figures of 8.4-2-30-5. Also, Saqib Mahmood (2/36) bagged two wickets while Adil Rashid (1/26) and Tom Curran (1/37) picked up one wicket each.

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2016 T20 World Cup: Most Wicket-Takers In The Tournament

Like the batsmen, bowlers are equally important to bring success for a team in any format of the game. So, the 2016 T20 World Cup or ICC World T20 2016 had no difference from this rule.

Spinners played the crucial roles in the 2016 T20 World Cup as five out of the top six most wicket-takers of the tournament were spinners.

Here we are talking about the top six most wicket-takers in the 2016 T20 World Cup.

Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) – 10 wickets

Shakib Al Hasan, 2016 T20 World Cup, most wicket-taker
Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Bangladesh left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan managed to pick up 10 wickets in the 2016 T20 World Cup. At the end of that tournament, Shakib had the overall bowling figures of 23-0-166-10 in seven matches (six innings), with an average of 16.60 and economy rate of 7.21.

Shakib’s best bowling figures in that tournament was 3-0-15-4 against Oman (at Dharamsala on 13th March 2016) during the First Round of that tournament.

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