Reece has Eng­land recall in his sights

The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE - By Seth Wil­liams

HAMP­SHIRE’S Reece To­p­ley is chas­ing an Eng­land recall after put­ting his in­jury prob­lems be­hind him.

Hand, back and shoul­der prob­lems hit To­p­ley last year. He said: “It is hor­ri­ble. When you are not play­ing cricket for a year, like I was, you have lost your iden­tity.

“I am only just start­ing to wake up again as Reece To­p­ley the crick­eter. For a year I was wak­ing up and wasn’t sure what I was do­ing. I was where I wanted to be my whole life, build­ing up to want­ing to play for Eng­land, and it is hard when you have achieved your dreams and some­thing you’ve worked to­wards and then it is taken away from you. It is not nice.

“Then, one by one, peo­ple don’t talk about you in the cricket fra­ter­nity and things start to go away from you, which you as­so­ciate with cricket be­cause they aren’t there any­more.

“I want to play Test cricket for Eng­land, that’s my am­bi­tion, so I’m go­ing to have to bowl a lot of overs. Time is on my side as well. I am only 23. There are peo­ple who don’t make first-class de­buts un­til they are 23 or 24.

“I want to con­trib­ute to Hamp­shire win­ning the Cham­pi­onships and want that to lead to me play­ing for Eng­land as well.”

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