To­p­ley handed chance to re­vive his ca­reer with one-day call-up

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Nick Hoult

Reece To­p­ley has been given the chance to re­build his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer af­ter he was named in Eng­land’s squad for the Royal Lon­don se­ries against Ire­land that starts on Thurs­day.

To­p­ley has en­dured five stress frac­tures and se­ri­ous back surgery that left him fear­ing he would never play again, but is in the Eng­land frame again along with fel­low lef­t­arm pace bowler David Wil­ley, who has not played for his coun­try since he was dropped from the World Cup squad last year.

The 14-man squad is with­out World Cup win­ners Ben Stokes, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood as they pre­pare for the Test se­ries against Pak­istan that starts in Manch­ester on Aug 5, a day af­ter the third ODI against Ire­land at the Ageas Bowl.

Moeen Ali steps up as Eoin Mor­gan’s vice-cap­tain in place of Buttler and Paul Colling­wood is head coach, while Chris Sil­ver­wood re­mains with the Test squad.

To­p­ley last played for Eng­land in 2016. He will be one of three vy­ing for a fi­nal bowl­ing spot in the team with Wil­ley and Saqib Mah­mood.

Phil Salt hit a cen­tury for Eng­land Lions against Ire­land on Sun­day, but is left out for James Vince and Joe Denly’s ex­pe­ri­ence. “We are de­vel­op­ing ex­cel­lent strength in depth in white-ball cricket,” said James Tay­lor, the Eng­land se­lec­tor.

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