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Willey bags hat-trick against England warm-up

England seamer David Willey made a strong case to be included in his side’s opener against West Indies on Wednesday (March 16) in the World Twenty20 warm-up match by picking a hat-trick against his own teammates.

England left-arm quick David Willey created history by taking a hat-trick against his own team in England’s final warm-up against local Mumbai side.

He was among the four members who were drafted into a local Mumbai side to take on England in their final warm-up match before the tournament.

After picking up the wicket of Joe Root, Willey went on to remove Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan at the death to complete his hat-trick and finish with figures of 3 for 35 at the Brabourne Stadium. Adil Rashid, James Vince and Jos Buttler were the other members who represented the local Mumbai side.

Willey is competing with Liam Plunkett and Liam Dawson for a spot in the lineup and until the final over of the innings, he had done little to help his cause. In the fourth ball of the over, Root hit one straight to long-on and Ali then top-edged the next delivery to be caught by Buttler. Jordan was then caught at the cover boundary off the final ball.

England made 177 for the loss of eight wickets in their 20 overs. Root top-scored with 48 and Alex Hales made 37. Rashid removed both the openers and finished with figures of 2 for 33. In reply, Mumbai CA XI were restricted to 163 for 6 as Vince spent some valuable time in the middle scoring 45. Buttler was bowled by Jordan for a 16-ball 25.