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FREE WILLEY; ENGLAND v N ZEALAND FOURTH ODI trent bridge, 2pm; Dad's words of wisdom helped David's dream come true.

Byline: DEAN WILSON Cricket Correspondent

DAVID WILLEY has admitted that finally taking his father's advice has paid off following his selection for England.

AND when your dad has played 26 Tests and 26-one day internationals for the Three Lions, it is probably advice worth following

Former off-spinning all-rounder turned umpire Peter Willey has long been on hand to help his son as he carved out a career, but his words of wisdom were not always heeded.

"We had a typical father-son relationship," said Willey junior, 25, a left-arm quick-bowling all-rounder. "I didn't listen to him.

"As I started to grow up I started to pay a little more attention to what he has to say. He's been very good the last few years and helped a lot.

"Since I was a young boy my father has told me how valuable left armers are. He has always encouraged me to keep swinging the ball even if I'm not express pace.

"He keeps me quite grounded in concentrating on all formats. You don't know how long it's going to last. To have the three Lions on your chest is pretty special and you have to savour it."

" He described it as a dream come true to follow in his dad's footsteps it cfd aafn p and both have a reputation for being no-nonsense characters, playing the game as hard as anyone, but without crossing the line.

That is something Willey senior, 65, drummed into his son.

Proud Peter was at the Ageas Bowl when David took his first three wickets against a Test nation, including a left-armer's beauty to trap Martin Guptill, but admits to being a nervous wreck in the stands.

"I get more nervous than anybody watching him play," said Peter, who scored his two Test tons against the West Indies. "I'd rather play or umpire in front of 100,000 people than watch my son play.

"He listens to dad now and again. My ideas are probably a bit old fashioned for this modern game, but some things still work.

"He's a dedicated professional, he does what he can to make the most of each game. I'm pleased for him.

"I've told him, there is no point being a d**k on the field. Don't be a pillock shouting your mouth off, the best thing is to win and at the end say, 'Thanks very much for the game'.

"Don't take any crap from anybody, but you can stand up for yourself without being nasty.

"I've been so pleased with the way England and New Zealand have played the game this summer, they have shown great spirit.

"It shows you don't have to be mouthy to play good cricket."

DAD v SON: A TALE OF TWO WILLEYSPETERONE-DAYERS Played: 26 Runs: 538 Wickets: 13 FIRST CLASS Played: 559 Runs: 24,361 Wickets: 756 LIST A Played: 458 Runs: 11105Wickets: 347UMPIRINGTests: 25 ODI: 34 Peter (left) played in four out of six Ashes matches in 1981 DAVID ONE-DAYERS Played: 2 Runs: 8Wickets: 4 FIRST CLASS Played: 58 Runs: 2052 Wickets: 148 LIST A Played: 55 Runs: 854 Wickets: 51TWENTY20 Played: 77 Runs: 857 Wickets: 63 Man of the match when Northants won Twenty20 cup in 2013 DAOF PETE ONE-D Played: Runs: 5 Wickets FIRST Played: Runs: 24 Wicke LIST A Played RuR ns: 1 WicketUMPIR Tests: 25 ODI: 34 Peter (le in four ou Ashes m 1981


FAMILY FORTUNES David Willey is carving out a promising career, with a little help from his dad, Peter

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jun 17, 2015
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