England’s Willey to retire after World Cup in India

FILE PHOTO:Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 - India v England - Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow, India - October 29, 2023 England's David Willey in action with India's Rohit Sharma REUTERS/Andrew Boyers/File Photo

The 33-year-old fast bowler for England, David Willey, announced on Wednesday that he will be retiring from international cricket after the 50-over World Cup in India.

When the English Cricket Board revealed new central contracts last week, Willey was not given a deal; as a result, he is free to play in any franchise-based competition around the globe.

Since making his England debut in 2015, the left-arm bowler has participated in 70 one-day matches, including three in the present World Cup and 43 Twenty20 Internationals.

In a statement, Willey stated, “I have worn the shirt with immense pride and given my absolute everything to the badge on my chest.”

“I’ve been very lucky to be a part of such an incredible white-ball team with some of the best players in the world.”

After five losses in six games, Jos Buttler’s team is mired at the bottom of the points table, thus ending England’s hopes of winning the title.

Willey said England’s success in the competition had no bearing on his retirement decision.

“My choice has nothing to do with our World Cup performance; I feel I still have a lot more to contribute both on and off the field while I am playing my best cricket.

“I’m confident that everyone who knows me will agree that I will give this campaign everything I have and more in the remaining days. I am aware of no other method.”

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