England skipper Morgan hails ‘brilliant’ Steelbacks star Willey

David Willey was in fine form for England
David Willey was in fine form for England

England captain Eoin Morgan says Northants all-rounder David Willey has played a huge part in altering the mentality of the national team in recent months.

Willey played a leading role in Monday’s T20 victory against Australia at Cardiff, taking two wickets to ensure the Aussies fell to a five-run defeat.

The Steelbacks star got rid of visiting captain Steven Smith, who had smashed 90 from just 53 balls, and also removed opener David Warner.

Willey was also impressive in the one-day series win against New Zealand earlier this summer, with England playing some swashbuckling cricket.

And Morgan, who captains the country in the shorter formats of the game, said: “He’s brilliant.

“A bit like Stokesy (Ben Stokes) he just loves responsibility, he likes the limelight, he doesn’t shy away from taking it on.

“His attitude towards things, amongst others in the changing room, will go a big way to changing the culture the way we’ve tried to over the last few months.”