David Willey announces retirement from international cricket after ODI World Cup 2023
Amidst the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023, David Willey made his retirement announcement via his Instagram account
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David Willey, the pace bowler from England, has officially retired from international cricket while being part of the England squad at the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. In the midst of this prestigious tournament, the 33-year-old cricketer took to his Instagram to break the news to his fans and supporters. Willey, who made his debut for the England team in May 2015 against Ireland, has decided to hang up his boots after the culmination of the marquee event.
Willey has been a standout performer among England's cricketing ranks in the ongoing event, bagging five crucial wickets at an impressive average of 27.20. Not only did he excel with the ball, but he also contributed with the bat, amassing 42 runs while batting in the lower order.
Meanwhile, hewill continue playing short-form cricket, both domestically and internationally. Willey showcased his leadership skills as he led Northamptonshire in the T20 Blast and donned the Welsh Fire colours in The Hundred. He is all geared up to represent the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders in the ILT20 in January 2024. Furthermore, there is a possibility that he might secure his spot with the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the upcoming IPL season.
Willey made his entry onto the international cricket stage during a match against Ireland in Malahide back in May 2015, which ended in no result. His debut followed England's early exit from the World Cup, and it marked the beginning of his journey as a consistent presence in the white-ball format. He played a vital role in England's rejuvenation, working alongside the likes of Eoin Morgan, Trevor Bayliss, and Andrew Strauss.
He boasts 94 wickets in 70 ODIs and an additional 51 wickets in 43 T20Is, the most recent of which was achieved in Canberra in October 2022. Notably, he was a key figure in the England squad that finished as runners-up in the 2016 World T20, where he contributed with a commendable 3 for 20 in the final match against West Indies. Additionally, he earned a spot in England's provisional squad for the 2019 World Cup, but found himself disappointingly omitted at the eleventh hour to accommodate the emergence of Jofra Archer.