A feisty all-round cricketer, David Willey has impressed everyone with his calmness and intelligence in 2009, his first season in the Northamptonshire first-team.
Willey, from Northampton, seems to have inherited much of his father Peter’s grit, if not his side-on stance, at the crease.
Willey struck 60 on LV= County Championship debut against Leicestershire to dig Northants out of a hole, and has followed up with several useful knocks in the middle-order.
He also bowls lively and accurate left-arm medium-pace, which secured him 10 wickets at a staggering average of 11.3 in the Steelbacks’ charge to Twenty20 Cup finals day. He is an electric fielder to boot.
Willey made 65 for England Under-19 in their 3-2 series defeat to Bangladesh in 2009.
Willey was rewarded with a professional contract midway through 2009, and signed a two-year deal through to the end of 2011.