ODI World Cup 2023: England pacer Reece Topley on comeback track with World Cup call-up in his sights

ODI World Cup 2023: England pacer Reece Topley on comeback track with World Cup call-up in his sights
ODI World Cup 2023: England pacer Reece Topley on comeback track with World Cup call-up in his sights

ODI World Cup 2023: England pacer Reece Topley on comeback track with World Cup call-up in his sights

ODI World Cup 2023: After facing a series of injuries that kept him out of the T20 World Cup in Australia last year and the IPL, England pacer Reece Topley is set to begin his recovery and return to playing action for Surrey in a 50-over match against Suffolk next week. Following this, he will join Northern Superchargers for a full stint in the Hundred tournament.

The 29-year-old had initially traveled to Australia in October with high hopes of playing a significant role with the new ball in the T20 World Cup. Unfortunately, his injuries prevented him from participating. But England went on to have a successful campaign. Also becoming the first men’s white-ball side to hold both the 50-over and 20-over World Cups simultaneously.

“I knew I was going home. When I was sat in Bangalore with my humerus bone in front of my pec, I was just like, ‘wow, how quickly can I get home to have surgery?’ It wasn’t like I was going to hang around or whatever. It was just, like, let’s just get out of here,” Topley was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo, recalling the incident at the Chinnaswamy in early April.

With the ongoing Ashes in focus, England selectors will undoubtedly keep a close eye on his recovery. Their attention will soon shift to the white-ball series against Ireland and New Zealand in September. As they prepare for the upcoming defense of the 50-over World Cup in India this winter. Standing tall at 6’7″, he possesses a remarkable ability to generate pace, swing, and bounce from his left-arm angle, making him an intriguing prospect for the team.

“The Hundred is almost like end-stage rehab, I guess,” Topley said at the launch of the KP Snacks community cricket pitches initiative in Tottenham. “Obviously I’ll look to put in some good performances and I’ll want to do well for Superchargers. Because we’ve got a great squad that wants to go all the way.

“But then, obviously, you got New Zealand and Ireland,” he added. “Those games will be quite pivotal in the lead-up to the World Cup. I know that the conditions are slightly different. But 50 overs is something we don’t play a lot of anymore. So that game-time in an ODI will be massively important. So I’ll look to hopefully play those, and get up to speed as soon as possible.”

Topley, who was part of the squad that reached the World T20 final in Kolkata in 2016, where Carlos Brathwaite’s unforgettable four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes snatched the trophy from England’s hands, now set to return to India for his second World Cup campaign. This is contingent on him sustaining his fitness throughout the rest of this summer.

“I suppose it’s nice that you’ve got people that have experienced that sort of heartbreak. Especially out in quite an emotional place which is India. When you’re playing, everyone’s emotions seem to be running high, whether you’re one side of the boundary rope or the other. But, equally, there’ll be some new faces in that squad. There’s a few stalwarts and ever-presents, but even those new faces have got IPL experience. So I don’t think there’s anything that’s going to throw up any surprises to anyone,” Topley said.

“I’m really excited. There’s a lot of debate about 50-over cricket, but when there’s a World Cup on the horizon. There’s few other things that you can say you’re going to prioritise ahead of 50-over cricket,” he added.

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