David Willey's World Cup Aspirations: Eager For A Spot, Yet Accepting His Place In England's Pecking Order

Due to Jofra Archer's late residency qualification for the 2019 World Cup, 33-year-old David Willey was left out of the tournament. Despite being "completely at peace" with being overlooked by England, David Willey says his objective is to play in the 50-over World Cup.

David Willey wants to play for England at the World Cup, but he understands his place in the team's hierarchy

Are you aware of David Willey’s latest news? In 2019, Willey was passed over for a spot in England's World Cup-winning squad in favour of Jofra Archer, a fast bowler born in Barbados who only met residency requirements shortly before the competition.

The 33-year-old all-rounder dubbed it the "hardest point" of his career, and four years later, in 2023, it was even more difficult for him to make the England squad for the edition in India in October and November.

Before the end-of-season ODI and T20 series against New Zealand, David Willey said, "I see myself with England as very much on the fringes," explaining why he switched from Northern Superchargers to Welsh Fire in this season's Hundred.

"If everyone stays healthy, I doubt I'll make the squad or get any playing time. Can I play for England, please? Yes. Should I try out for the World Cup? Yes. Having fun while playing cricket is more important than worrying about making an international or franchise team. The selectors have seen my capabilities firsthand. I'm not a wild card because they already know what to expect from me, but I could be considered if they need a banker. I've made good use of my riches over the years,” David said. 

David Willey was a member of England's victorious T20 World Cup squad in November last year.

In January, he played in his 107th and final One-Day International for England against South Africa. He then skipped the tour of Bangladesh to spend time with his family before joining Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.

David Willey thinks he made the "100 percent" right option to stay home with his family and avoid the financial burden of the journey to Bangladesh, despite what England limited-overs skipper Jos Buttler said.

David Willey explained, "I wanted to attend the IPL despite the fact that I was married with young children (4 and 5 years old). My contract is gradual rather than centralised. Honestly, with the money I could make at the IPL, it was a no-brainer.” This is currently the ECB's biggest challenge. They are attempting to foresee the future of those central contracts and the retention of players at the ECB.

"People have a hard time grasping the fact that cricket's terrain is shifting at the moment," one commentator said. "We don't know how we'll keep getting the word out about county cricket and the possibility of playing for your country,” he added. 

After six years in Yorkshire, David Willey moved back to Northamptonshire this summer.

Having lived the life of a franchise cricketer during T20 stints in Australia, India, and Pakistan, he now has his sights set on the new and lucrative Major League Cricket in the United States. David Willey said, "It's a great concept. I'd love to go and do it, and there was an offer this year. It wasn't the perfect moment for me to go since I'm moving. I just switched counties because I have The Hundred and just returned from the IPL. It's tricky to strike the right balance, and you can easily go one way or the other. That being said, I'm still determined to compete for England at the World Cup.”

Who is David Willey's father?
David Willey, the son of ex-England all-rounder turned umpire Peter Willey, was already well-known as a fiery figure on the county circuit when England came knocking.
Has David Willey played in the IPL?
In the 2018 season of the Indian Premier League, David Willey debuted for the Chennai Super Kings.
Is David Willey a good bowler?
David Willey, who bats cleanly and bowls at a steady speed of around 140 kph, has great untapped potential on the international cricket stage.