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Willey putting club ahead of country for now

14th February 2020, 12:57 by Chris Rivers

All-rounder David Willey is content to put thoughts of an England recall on hold and focus on playing well for Yorkshire.

The 29-year-old has lifted the lid on what was a difficult year for him personally in 2019 as his failure to make England's World Cup-winning squad cast a shadow over the entire season.

Willey had featured in several of the warm-up clashes for Eoin Morgan's men ahead of the tournament but failed to make the final cut as Jofra Archer got the nod and he admits he did not enjoy playing much in the aftermath of that disappointment.

Having been able to take a break from cricket over the winter, the ex-Northants man is looking forward to 2020 with Yorkshire, having accepted the job of captaining the county's T20 Blast side.

Willey hopes that getting his head down and working hard could eventually lead to an England recall but that notion will not enter his thinking for now.

"I've parked that for the time being," he said of England. "If can put in performances day in, day out in whatever format it may be, the rest will take care of itself."

He added, when talking to Yorkshire's website: "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."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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