Gillespie: Willey has a future in Test whites


Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie says all-rounder David Willey is more than a short format slogger, and he hopes Willey will be able to use his move to the Tykes as a step up to the Test side.

Willey signed for Yorkshire this year after a long career at Northamptonshire, with the ambition of making it to the England Test side. Gillespie, a former Australia fast bowler, feels this is a realistic goal.

Gillespie said of the England ODI player: "We know what he’s about in one-day cricket. 

"He’s an explosive batsman who swings the ball. But I certainly see him playing a role in the longer form of the game.

"I wouldn’t expect him to play every game. With our depth of seam bowling, we’re not going to need to flog him. But there’s an opportunity.

"His goal is to play Test cricket, and he feels coming to Yorkshire can help him achieve that."

Gillespie is currently in Oz as coach for the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League, while Willey will be playing for the Perth Scorchers. Gillespie says he'll be giving no advice to his 'rival' for the next few weeks.

He said: "I look forward to seeing him do well in most games. Just not against the Strikers.

"It is a bit weird (coming up against Willey). That will be quite interesting. It’s such a unique situation for me, and this must be what the IPL coaches have to deal with.

"If he comes and asks for advice, I’ll just put my fingers in my ears and give it the ‘la, la, la, la’.

"I think it’s a great opportunity for him to show how good he is – and Rash (Adil Rashid) too."