T20 World Cup 2022 – Reece Topley scares England after rolling his ankle during a pitch drill

Reece Topley emerged as an injury doubt for England’s opener of the T20 World Cup, against Afghanistan in Perth on Saturday – and potentially beyond – after wrapping his ankle on the boundary marks ahead of the team’s warm-up match against Pakistan in Brisbane on Monday.

Topley, 28, has claimed 17 wickets at 28:00 in 16 T20Is in 2022 – more than any other English bowler – to cement his status as one of the main tailors of Jos Buttler’s new setup, with his dual roles in the Powerplay and to death.

He did so after overcoming a series of grueling injury setbacks, including four back stress fractures in the five years since his fleeting appearance in England’s T20 World Cup campaign in 2016.

This, however, was more of a freak setback, on a fielding exercise in the build-up to England’s otherwise comprehensive six-wicket win over Pakistan at the Gabba, as Topley stepped on a triangular bollard while attempting a take.

He did not play in the next contest as England rotated eight options during their 19 spell on the pitch and, according to an ECB spokesperson, will be assessed throughout the week before clash against Afghanistan on Saturday.

If his injury turns out to be more serious than hoped, England would have options in their reserve, including left-arm team-mate Tymal Mills, who himself was replaced by Topley after sustaining a groin sprain during last year’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Lancashire’s Richard Gleeson is also part of the team’s traveling reserves, while David Willey and Sam Curran are other left-arm seamstresses in the original 15-man squad.

In better news for England, Liam Livingstone showed no ill effects after returning from his own ankle injury, suffered during the Hundred in August, when he produced a smooth 28-for-16 run at the Gabba .

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