England ODI captain Eoin Morgan was full of praise for all-rounder David Willey, after his three wickets and steady batting helped England to a three-wicket win over Australia in the fourth ODI on Friday.
Willey took three quick top order wickets to leave the Aussies on 30 for three. Whey did go on to score 299 for seven, but England were able to chase that down with 10 balls to spare, with Willey hitting a six to end the game.
Morgan was delighted with the Yorkshire man, recently moved from Northamptonshire, and said it proved that squad depth was important, as Willey played as a replacement for the injured Chris Woakes.
Morgan, who made 92 in the chase, said after the match: "We've said we need 15 or 20 guys, not be relying on just 11.
"David Willey took advantage of the conditions – so him producing a performance like that was outstanding.
"He opened the floodgates with Australia three down for 30 which was pretty unexpected. The wicket was quite dry and I didn't expect it to swing like it did."
The all-rounder was modest when discussing his efforts, and said the conditions helped him out a lot, and that he had very little to do with the bat in the end, thanks to Morgan's knock especially.
Willey said on the BBC: "It was great to get a decent start for the lads, take the new ball and make early inroads.
"As people will know, I'm not express pace, I do rely on swinging the ball, it was a bit overcast, there was a bit of moisture around and I was able to swing it.
"We got off to a decent start but we let them score a few too many in the last five overs, though a great knock from Morgs got us close and everyone batted around him.
"Fortunately, there wasn't much left to do when I batted – the important thing was not to give my wicket away.
"After two losses, to level the series is a great set-up for Sunday, it should be exciting."
The series is level at two all, and the final match will be played at Old Trafford on Sunday.