The English bowlers took a decidedly low-tech approach to win the T20 World Cup by training with a humble bucket to counter the overwhelming humidity of the Gulf.
Seamer David Willey said England players soak their hands in buckets of water during practice sessions to replicate the feeling of using a ball saturated with evening dew, four of their five Super 12 games have taken place. unwinding at night.
“The most important thing for designers, backwards when you sweat the most, is to have confidence in bowling yorkers,” said Willey, the son of former England drummer and test referee Peter Willey, Thursday.
âThe margin for error when you do this is so smallâ¦ You may get a little more nervous about playing boules without balls and flat boules when that ball is wet.
“All you can do is practice. Even if it’s just dipping balls in buckets and catching, lining up and bowling with those wet balls.”
Meanwhile, Willey has said he is treating every England appearance as “my last” after his heartbreaking exit from the 2019 World Cup winning squad.
Having been a regular at the 50-over format, the paceman was left out on the eve of the tournament as England opted for international novice Jofra Archer before triumphing at home.
The 31-year-old, however, fought back to regain his place in an England squad now without an injured Archer and the left-hander could now play in the team’s T20 World Cup opener against the West Indies in Dubai. Saturday.
But the painful memories of two years ago still live on for Willey.
âI don’t think everything that happens in my cricket career will ever be as bad or disappointing as this,â he said.
âBut I think the personal growth on my part in that, and probably just refocusing on enjoying my cricket, has been huge for me.
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“That’s probably why I’m sitting here today, back for England. I play every game like it’s the last and I really relish the moment to put on this English shirt.”
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