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