Former England star Graeme Swann backs Northampton cricket player to star in Twenty20 final

David Willey is set to play in the World Twenty20 final

David Willey is set to play in the World Twenty20 final

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Former England cricket star Graeme Swann has backed Northampton’s David Willey to put in a man of the match performance in the World Twenty20 final on Sunday.

Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live, the Ashes-winning spinner said he was hoping that a fellow Northamptonian could put in a match-winning effort on the biggest stage.

He said: “The player who excites me the most at the moment is David Willey. I’ve known him since he was a kid in Northampton.

“He has now matured into a strong athlete. He is a really tenacious performer and without being a superstar with the bat or ball he has turned himself into a brilliant cricketer and the maverick player every team needs.

“He has got that lucky charm aspect to him, and I just think he could be the man that stars in the final. I hope he is as he is from Northampton.

“Northampton Town are flying at the moment in football, and it is about time a Northamptonian won a World Cup with a man of the match performance.”

England will play West Indies in the Twenty20 final at 2.30pm on Sunday.