02192018

6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 4 – England’s Willey hits 34 off one over in T20 warm-up

David Willey

David Willey hit 79 off 36 balls in England’s warm-up match in Canberra

David Willey almost became the first England player to hit six sixes in an over as they charged to a Twenty20 win over a Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra.

Willey hit Australia Test spinner Nathan Lyon, captaining the hosts, for 34 off the sixth over as they cruised to an eight-wicket victory.

Needing 137 to win, England eased to their target in 12.4 overs as makeshift opener Willey hit 79 from 36 balls.

A T20 tri-series co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand begins on Saturday.

All-rounder Willey, 27, has often opened for Yorkshire and his former county Northamptonshire in limited-overs cricket, but has never batted above number seven for England in a full international.

With Jason Roy and Alex Hales sidelined by injury, Willey opened with James Vince, adding 87 for the first wicket in six-and-a-half overs.

Willey cleared the ropes with the first five deliveries of Lyon’s over, but could only hit the final ball for four. While this warm-up match does not hold official status, he now holds the record for hitting the most runs in an over while in an England shirt.

Earlier, Willey had taken 3-32 with the new ball at Manuka Oval, while Hampshire spinner Liam Dawson took a miserly 3-16 from his four overs.

Test batsman Peter Handscomb top-scored for the Prime Minister’s XI with 43 as they were restricted to 136-8.

England’s T20 tri-series matches (all in February)

3 Australia v New Zealand, Sydney (07:00 GMT)

7 Australia v England, Hobart (07:00 GMT)

10 Australia v England, Melbourne (07:00 GMT)

13 New Zealand v England, Wellington (Westpac Stadium) (06:00 GMT)

16 New Zealand v Australia, Auckland (06:00 GMT)

18 New Zealand v England, Hamilton (06:00 GMT)

21 Final, Auckland (06:00 GMT)

NB Fixtures and start times are subject to change. The BBC is not responsible for any changes that may be made

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