England pacer Reece Topley has been ruled out of the upcoming T20 World Cup. The pacer picked up an ankle injury, dealing a major blow to the team’s campaign beginning on Saturday.
Ahead of the England team’s final warm-up match against Pakistan, the 28-year-old suffered an injury during a fielding drill in Brisbane. Since the injury is big, Topley is not a part of England’s campaign for the T20 World Cup.
England Cricket Twitter handle revealed the replacement for the pacer as well.
“News we didn’t want to bring you.
Reece Topley has been ruled out of the #T20WorldCup
We are all gutted for you and we are all here for you, Toppers”, they wrote.
It is understood that the scans taken after the injury have revealed significant damage.
“Devastated,” Topley wrote on Instagram, “but wishing the boys the best of luck and backing them to put in an amazing performance at this World Cup! Thanks for all the messages, I feel so lucky to have people sending so many messages of good wishes.”
Topley is England’s leading wicket-taker in T20 Internationals in 2022, with 17 scalps in 16 games at an average of 28. He became an integral part of England’s T20 bowling attack, operating with the new ball and at the death.
Earlier today, England announced that Tymal Mills will replace the England pacer. Mills was one of the traveling reserves in the World Cup.
Luke Wood, the Lancashire left-arm seamer who made his international debut in Pakistan last month, has been added to England’s touring party as a traveling reserve, cutting short a holiday as a result. The ECB said he would “join the England party in due course”.