Author: Glen Maxwell
Published: 18:24 05/06/2015
David Willey’s inclusion for England’s upcoming ODI series against New Zealand could shake up the Three Lions’ squad ahead of Trevor Bayliss’ arrival - according to former England captain Paul Collingwood.
The 25-year-old has just one cap to his name so far - picked up during the rain-abandoned clash against Ireland last month - and he will be keen to impress the new England boss Bayliss ahead of this summer’s Ashes series, with Collingwood stating this One-Day International series - beginning at Edgbaston on Tuesday June 9 at 2pm - as the perfect platform for him to do so.
Willey and his team-mates will need to be at their best to claim victory in this series though - as the Kiwis are best priced 4/9 to win the series at Ladbrokes, while they offer 7/4 for England to emerge victorious.
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With England veterans Ian Bell, James Anderson and Stuart Broad all making way, Willey is one of a number of youthful faces in the England camp for the Royal London One-Day International series against the Kiwis, with a number of them likely to make their debuts during the five 50-over matches.
And, while the young Northamptonshire all-rounder has already knocked two first-class centuries this season, Collingwood thinks that his bowling that might help him to get noticed by the England Test selectors.
Collingwood said: ““He’s different, he’s a left-arm seamer - which we haven’t got a lot of going around the county scene at the moment - and (he) can also hit a ball extremely hard which, in the one-day form of the game, is pretty crucial.
“These guys have got opportunities. It’s great to see them in there and now they’ve got the chance to show the world - and certainly in England - what they can do.”
However, Collingwood - who was England skipper for their t20 success in 2010 - has called for Willey and company to keep cool heads at the crease.
He added: “Players who are naturally attacking and aggressive, you’re always going to get dips in form and a run of scores that you’ll be disappointed in. It’s finding that balance between giving yourself a chance and going out to express yourself from ball one.
“The best players in the world at the moment are the ones who are literally going out there not thinking about the consequences, it’s as if they’re going out there for a backyard game of cricket.”
To give themselves the best chance of a series win, England will target a win at Edgbaston on Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead. Ladbrokes offer 11/8 for England to win the First ODI, while New Zealand are priced at 4/7.