Reece Topley pulls out of The Hundred to ensure full fitness for ICC T20 World Cup
England left-arm medium pacer Reece Topley has pulled out from the final two weeks of “The Hundred” in order to be fully prepared for the next T20 World Cup in Australia, which will start in October of this year.
For the English white-ball team this summer, Topley has been a standout bowler. After claiming 17 wickets in 10 games against England and South Africa.
He said in a statement that over the last few weeks, he had been “feeling the effects of a busy summer more and more.”
“Taking a short break feels like a sensible precaution to avoid injury and the risk of a longer lay-off. Nonetheless, I am disappointed not to be contributing as the team enters a crucial period in the competition,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Topley as saying in a statement issued by his team Oval Invincibles.
Tom Moody, the head coach of the Invincibles, expressed his disappointment at losing a player of Topley’s calibre at this stage of the competition. But said that his squad “respects his decision.” In the upcoming days, the team anticipated to sign a successor.
The left-arm pacer’s withdrawal has diminished the Invincibles’ hopes of making the playoffs. Because he has five wickets to his team’s credit in four tournament matches this year.
After their match against Birmingham Phoenix on Tuesday, Invincibles will also lose two more foreign players. Sunil Narine will return to the Caribbean to play in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). While Mohammad Hasnain has called up to Pakistan’s Asia Cup 2022 squad to take Shaheen Afridi’s place.
Hasnain’s replacement has not yet confirmed, however Australian spinner Peter Hatzoglour has named as Narine’s replacement.