Alex Wakely says everyone at Northants is proud of David Willey - and he believes the rest of the county should be, too.
Willey will look to help England earn World T20 glory on Sunday as they battle West Indies in the showpiece in Kolkata.
The 26-year-old is Northampton born and bred and he made his way up through the ranks at Northants, who he helped to claim T20 glory in 2013.
Willey was again a key figure as the Steelbacks reached the final last year and though he won’t be playing for them this season, as he has signed for Yorkshire, his former Northants team-mates still feel a sense of pride in watching him perfom.
“Everytime we see him play, everyone at Northants is proud of him and I hope the whole town is proud of him,” said Northants skipper Wakely.
“I’ll be watching him on Sunday - he’s done amazingly.
“There’s no sour grapes from anyone here at Northants. He made the decision (to leave), but from a small county’s point of view, we’re pleased he’s come through.
“No one ever says you’re going to play for England when you’re at Northants and he’s obviously gone and broken the mould.
“He sets the pathway for others to follow.”