Willey targeting Test role

The all-rounder missed a large part of the 2014 season after a stress fracture in his back was discovered, interrupting a run of county form which had seen him described as the ???Northants Ian Botham??? by his club captain Alex Wakely.

Willey has returned to form in emphatic style in white-ball cricket for England, playing a starring role in the T20 win over New Zealand on Tuesday after taking seven wickets for the national side in the one-day series triumph against the Black Caps.

Time is on the side of the 25-year-old Willey but he is keen to force his way into the Test fold after losing valuable career time to injury.

???I???d like to see myself playing in all formats, I haven???t pigeon-holed myself as a one-day player at all,??? said Willey, who took 3-22 in the T20 at Old Trafford and superbly ran out Kane Williamson.

???I know I need to make sure I put in the performances on the park and a long string of injuries for me has meant I???ve missed a lot of cricket over the past two years.

???For now, it???s making sure I stay fit and hopefully if I can put a few good performances in over the next few years then hopefully I???ll get a look-in down the line.???

This summer???s Investec Ashes series looks likely to be too soon for Willey but England have shown their willingness to explore the option of a left-arm seamer with Derbyshire???s Mark Footitt travelling with the 14-man training squad to Spain this week.

Willey is looking forward to watching the Ashes, and feels the one-day form of the national side will stand them in good stead against a strong Australian side.

???It was all about being positive and being aggressive in every decision that we made (in the one-day internationals),??? he said. ???I don???t think they expected it to come together as quickly as I did and that was very exciting.

???The way the public supported us in England was exceptional and it was a fantastic series of cricket, on and off the field.

???Quite a few of the guys carry over into that team and of course all of the backroom staff do too so there???s plenty of positivity we???re taking across. It???ll be a very exciting series.

???There are some quality players there and it???s going to be very exciting to watch.???

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