Ipswich-born Essex bowler Reece Topley named in England T20 squad

Reece Topley

Reece Topley - Credit: Su Anderson

Essex’s Ipswich-born fast bowler Reece Topley has been called up for the England T20 squad that will face New Zealand in a game at Old Trafford next Tuesday.

The former Royal Hospital schoolboy has suffered injury setbacks over the last couple of seasons but his form with the ball when fit and his potential has prompted England selectors to give him the call.

The 21-year-old is one of five new faces in the squad, along with Kent’s Sam Billings, Hampshire’s James Vince, Northants’ David Willey and Durham’s Mark Wood.

National selector, James Whitaker, said: “This match against New Zealand allows us another opportunity to look at players relatively new to international cricket as we look to build a squad for the World T20 in India this winter.

“The squad is made up of players who have demonstrated their ability in domestic cricket and fully deserve a chance to continue their progress against a very good New Zealand side. We have already seen our limited overs cricket begin to move in the right direction which is exciting but we are all aware that we have plenty more to do if we are going to challenge the very best sides in the world on a regular basis.”


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