David Willey takes four wickets in three overs as England secure series whitewash against West Indies
- David Willey made a strong case for his inclusion in England’s World Cup squad
- Willey took four wickets in three overs to send West Indies crashing to 24 for four
- Mark Wood took three wickets as West Indies were all out for 71 in St Kitts
- England reached their 72 target in 10.3 overs, completing a series whitewash
David Willey, who bristled when asked if it was right for Jofra Archer to gate-crash England’s World Cup party, made a convincing case for his own inclusion last night when he spearheaded another demolition of West Indies and a Twenty20 whitewash.
Willey took four wickets in three overs in St Kitts to send West Indies crashing to 24 for four in the last game of England’s Caribbean tour. They had capitulated to 45 all out in the second of this three-match series.
It was no surprise West Indies never recovered and, after they were demolished for 71 in 13 overs, England cruised to their target in 10.3 overs for an eight-wicket win that brought an emphatic conclusion to a tour which saw them lose the Test series 2-1 and draw 2-2 in the one-dayers.
David Willey made a strong case for his inclusion in England’s World Cup squad
This was a personal triumph for Willey, who came into the series as the most likely bowler to be replaced in the showpiece tournament this summer by Archer – as long as he passes his audition in England’s next 50-over cricket against Ireland and Pakistan in May.
Willey was left out for the whole of the one-day series and then struggled in the first Twenty20 match.
But once he got his feelings on Archer off his chest, he appeared inspired in the last two games of this trip.
Willey took four wickets in three overs to send West Indies crashing to 24 for four
In the game on Friday, Willey helped rescue England with the bat and then took the first two West Indies wickets to fall.
Yesterday, he ripped the heart out of the vulnerable West Indies batting line-up with that left-arm seam variation that could yet prove so valuable this summer.
The tone was set from the very first ball of the innings when Shai Hope chipped Willey tamely to cover. And once he had opened the door, England charged through -Mark Wood completing his outstanding tour with three wickets of his own on his return in place of Liam Plunkett.
There were also three catches for Chris Jordan, who has done his chances of a late World Cup charge no harm in three stand-out matches.
His last take in the outfield was a quite superb one to send back Nicholas Pooran and there was an athletic, diving effort from Jonny Bairstow to dismiss Carlos Brathwaite.
Mark Wood took three wickets as West Indies were all out for 71 in Saint Kitts
It was shambolic from West Indies, who seem to have had the stuffing knocked out of them by picking their one-day side with a view to World Cup practice, led by Jason Holder, for this series rather than Brathwaite’s World Twenty20 champions.
It was a surprise Dawid Malan was not given a game by England, even though the series was won. For those who did play, this was never going to be anything other than an easy target.
Alex Hales got England off to a flyer with 20 off 13 balls before falling to an excellent boundary catch by John Campbell. Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root did the lion’s share of the work to ensure there were no more alarms.
Now all attention will be focused on 50-over cricket and the bigger challenge of a home World Cup to come. With or without Archer.
It was also a satisfying way for Paul Farbrace, an unsung hero of England’s white-ball revolution, to bow out after five productive years as assistant coach before he joins Warwickshire as sports director.
England reached their 72 target in 10.3 overs, completing a series whitewash
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