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David Willey determined to enjoy his return to England in T20 World Cup

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David Willey is keen to do well for England in the T20 World Cup.© AFP

David Willey has said he treats every England appearance as “if this is my last” after his heartbreaking exit from the 2019 World Cup squad. A regular in the 50-over format, the pacer was dropped on the eve of the tournament as England picked international novice Jofra Archer before winning on home soil. The 31-year-old, however, has now fought to regain his place in the England squad without the injured Archer and the left-hander can now feature in the team’s T20 World Cup against West Indies in Dubai on Saturday. But for Willie the painful memories of two years ago are still fresh.

“I don’t think anything that happens in my cricket career will be that bad or disappointing,” he said in a conference call on Thursday.

“But I think personal growth from me, and maybe just focusing on enjoying my cricket, has been huge for me.

“Maybe that’s why I’m sitting here today, playing back for England. I’m playing every game as if it’s my last and really savoring the moment I pulled on that England shirt.”

England bowlers are soaking their hands in buckets of water during training sessions to replicate the spirit of using the dew-filled ball of the evening, with four of their five Super 12 matches taking place at night.

“The biggest thing for a seamer, towards the back end, when you are sweating the most, is to be confident about bowling yorkers,” explained Willie, son of former England batsman and Test umpire Peter Willey.

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“When you’re doing that, there’s little room for error.

“You can just practice. Even if it’s just dunking the balls in the bucket and catching, fielding and bowling with these wet balls.”

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