David Willey absolutely gutted after missing out on a spot in the World Cup squad
The selector Ed Smith also admitted that it was a tough call to drop Willey.
Updated - May 21, 2019 5:21 pm
England skipper Eoin Morgan had earlier admitted that the final World Cup squad will definitely disappoint a couple of players. On Tuesday, the ECB announced the final 15-man group and included Jofra Archer at the expense of David Willey. Archer was expected to be in the side after the way he bowled in the Pakistan series but even the left-arm seamer had performed decently.
Willey was a vital cog in the England line-up ever since he made his ODI debut soon after the 2015 World Cup. In 46 ODIs which he has played for his country, the 29-year-old has accounted for 52 scalps conceding runs at an economy of 5.75. These are definitely not bad numbers given the fact that the pitches have been extremely flat in England in last four years.
Also, in the ODI series against Pakistan, he picked four wickets in three matches while conceding less than seven runs per over. Again these were also decent statistics as the batsmen had fun in all the four completed matches. He must have been obviously disappointed after the World Cup snub.
100% behind the lads
David Willey expressed his displeasure on Twitter after being left out of the World Cup squad but also added that he will be cheering for his team during the tournament. Though sarcastically he posted a video of his son dancing and called it as a ‘positive’ in his life.
“What can I say, I’m absolutely gutted. Still 100% behind the lads. On a positive…..still winning at life!!” Willey wrote in his post.
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
As for the other changes in the squad are concerned, apart from David Willey, Joe Denly also missed out to Liam Dawson who wasn’t in the frame even a couple of months ago. But Denly couldn’t do much in the series against Pakistan and in the process, lost his place in the side. Dawson impressed everyone with his show in the domestic One-Day Cup and is picked as the third spinner in the line-up.