David Willey is desperate to get back to playing some cricket, says Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale, ahead of his return to action at Derbyshire tomorrow.

Willey is in line to play in the White Rose’s crucial Royal London One-Day Cup clash at the 3aaa County Ground (11am).

The England all-rounder flew back from Mumbai last night, where he watched his Chennai Super Kings side win the Indian Premier League title on Sunday.

Unfortunately, Willey only played three matches for CSK. But he is ready and willing to give the Vikings a timely boost as they look to build on Sunday’s North Group win at Leicestershire.

“Dave has been texting me every other day saying he’s desperate to play and ready,” said Gale.

“He wants to play some cricket.

“Since Christmas, he hasn’t played much at all, so he’s desperate to get back into it and prove his worth.

“Dave text me on Sunday morning (before the IPL final) and said ‘What time do I get there on Tuesday?’ That’s how eager he is.

“He’s off the plane on Monday night wanting to be there at 2pm training on Tuesday.”

The Vikings face a Derbyshire side who have won three of their first four matches and are flying high in the North Group.

This is the first of three remaining fixtures for Gale and company in a keenly contested group, and they must finish in the top three in order to qualify for the knockouts.

To do that, they may have to win all of those fixtures, although two could do it if other results go their way.

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