David Willey is planning on treating Yorkshire fans to his best cricket in 2020 and beyond after accepting the offer of the Vikings’ captaincy in the Vitality Blast, replacing Steve Patterson.
All-rounder Willey will lead the side in the Blast, while seamer Patterson continues to take control of the White Rose in County Championship and one-day cricket, the latter which Willey will miss due to The Hundred.
Willey has not hidden away from the fact that 2019 took its toll for a number of reasons, both on and off the field, with him missing out on selection for England’s triumphant World Cup campaign: “I wasn’t really enjoying my cricket and playing very well,” he admitted.
The ex-Northamptonshire man, however, is keen to put all that behind him and is ready and raring to go – in both four-day and limited overs cricket – after a winter in the Emerald Headingley Indoor School and at home with his young family.
“I’m really excited,” he said. “The captaincy has come at the perfect time in my career. I’m absolutely buzzing about this summer. I feel like my best cricket in all formats is yet to come.
“It’s been a nice break for me to have a winter at home and take stock and restart.