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Martyn Moxon expresses disappointment for David Willey

— 21 May 2019

Martyn Moxon has expressed his and Yorkshire’s disappointment for David Willey after the all-rounder missed out on selection for the forthcoming ICC’s Men’s World Cup this morning.

Willey was one of three changes to England’s provisional 15-man squad, with Joe Denly and Alex Hales also left in place of Jofra Archer, Liam Dawson and James Vince.

Willey, 29-years-old, was the unlucky man to be overlooked in place of recently qualified Barbados-born fast bowler Archer, who only debuted against Ireland earlier this month.

“I’m very disappointed for Dave,” said Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of cricket. “I know how hard he works.

“Clearly it was a difficult decision for the selectors. Whoever missed out, it was going to be incredibly tough on.

“With Dave being our player, we’re all gutted for him. It’s a huge disappointment.

“A World Cup at home doesn’t come along very often, so it’s a huge blow for him, and we feel for him, because we know how much it means.

“I’m due to speak to Dave later today (TUESDAY). I’ve dropped him a message, and we are going to have a chat.”

While Willey, who has played 46 ODIs, could yet be called back into the squad as an injury replacement, he will now return to Yorkshire duty.

“He’s a fantastic all-round cricketer, and perhaps now he will get some regular cricket and be ready if and when called upon,” said Moxon.

“He’s put in some fantastic performances for us over the last few years, and he’s an outstanding cricketer.

“One thing he hasn’t had is regular cricket. He’s been in the England squads but hasn’t always played. That has maybe held him back a bit.

“He’s still relatively young, so it’s not the end of the world for him by any stretch.”

On the other side of the coin, Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid and Joe Root have all been named for a competition which starts on May 30.

England face Australia in a warm-up game at the Ageas Bowl on Saturday.

Moxon added: “They’re all at the top of their game, and it’s a great opportunity – to play in a World Cup in England is potentially a once in a lifetime event.

“The fact they’ve got a really good chance of winning, it’s a fantastic chance. We wish them well.”

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