Peters admits to fitness concerns over all-rounder Willey

Northants all-rounder David WilleyNorthants all-rounder David Willey
Northants all-rounder David Willey
Northamptonshire captain Stephen Peters says that he has “slight concerns” over the fitness of David Willey.

As the County squad fly out to Barbados for their pre-season tour, Willey has yet to make a full return to bowling as he continues his recovery from a back injury.

The ailment forced Willey to curtail his involvement in the England Performance Programme and abandon plans to play for Auckland in the New Zealand domestic Twenty20 tournament.

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And while the noises coming from the County Ground hierarchy, Peters being one of them, suggest the all-rounder will be fit for the season opener on April 13, the captain still has lingering doubts.

He said: “There’s a bit of a concern at the back of my mind as David hasn’t bowled properly for quite a while.

“What he’s got in his favour is that he trains very well and will give himself every chance of being ready.

“He’s started to turn his arm over and do a few bowl throughs so he’s progressing well.

“We’ve got a couple of two-day games when we’re over there and the plan is to let David play in one of those so he can build his bowling up to another level.”