England seamer David Willey has officially called time on his international cricket career. In a heartfelt social media post, the 33-year-old fast bowler disclosed that he would be bidding adieu to international cricket following the conclusion of the 2023 World Cup campaign.
Willey, who had featured in three of England’s six matches in the ongoing ODI World Cup, made his retirement announcement on November 1st, just three days after England’s disappointing loss to India.
In his comprehensive social media statement, Willey expressed the profound contemplation that went into this pivotal decision. “I never wanted this day to come. From a young boy, I’ve only ever dreamed of playing cricket for England. So, with careful thought and consideration, it is with great regret that I feel the time has come for me to retire from all forms of International cricket at the end of the World Cup,” he wrote.
His post continued with a reflection on the pride he had taken in donning the England jersey and the unwavering commitment he had shown to the team emblem. Willey acknowledged the privilege of being a part of a remarkable white-ball team alongside some of the world’s finest players. He also touched upon the special memories, enduring friendships, and the challenges he had faced during his international cricket journey.
David Willey’s retirement signifies the end of an era for English cricket, and his contributions to the sport will be remembered and celebrated by cricket enthusiasts worldwide.