Reece Topley boosted by England increment contract ahead of World T20 in India

Reece Topley

Reece Topley - Credit: AP

Ipswich wonderkid Reece Topley heads out to the World T20 with England on Friday, having landed an England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Increment contract for the season ahead.

The 22-year-old, who was given the good news on his birthday last month, will now be paid by the ECB as well as his new county, Hampshire.

It’s a welcome tonic for the former Royal Hospital School pupil, who recently featured in England’s defeats in South Africa in their T20 and One-day series.

The fast bowler, who failed to run out Chris Morris, following his and England’s final delivery of the first T20 game against the Proteas – leading to a three-wicket win for the hosts – is currently settling into his new home in Southampton, as well as spending time with his family near Colchester.

Whilst in England, Topley is receiving treatment from the ECB’s medical team for a shoulder injury he sustained whilst playing in England’s first one-day game against South Africa, in Bloemfontein, a game the tourists won by 39 runs on the Duckworth Lewis method.

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The 6ft 7ins former Essex paceman dived awkwardly for a catch at third man and has suffered a bit of discomfort since then, but is expected to be fully fit for England’s campaign, which starts a fortnight today, against West Indies, in Mumbai.

After the clash with the Windies, 2010 winners England will then face, South Africa, two days later, also in Mumbai.

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Their third game will be on March 23 against a qualifier, in Delhi, before finishing off their qualifying campaign at the same venue, against Sri Lanka, on March 26.

The World T20 will represent left-armer Topley’s first-ever trip to India and the youngster has been backed to be a potential matchwinner by skipper Eoin Morgan.

“I think this attack can win games for us,” said Morgan.

“With the spin department covered, and the two left-armers coming in and being a threat up front, it adds a huge dynamic to our game.

“A big strength is the fact we do bat deep. But with these strings to our bow (with the ball), it makes us a bigger threat.”

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