Reece Topley, who made his ODI comeback after four years has been restricted to just one appearance as he will miss the third ODI between England and Ireland in Southampton tomorrow owing to a groin injury.
It is further reported that Topley will undergo a scan as a precautionary measure and that the English team management expects him to regain full fitness in the next two weeks. If it happens, Topley will be in contention for the three-match T20I series against Pakistan starting from August 28.
The development regarding the 26-year old bowler missing the next match was made public by England Cricket via their official Twitter handle. “Reece Topley will miss the final ODI of the Royal London Series due to a left groin strain.”
England fast bowler Reece Topley will miss the third and final ODI of the #ENGvIRE series due to a left groin strain ?
The injury is understood to be a minor one! pic.twitter.com/QYKp1iPybQ
— ICC (@ICC) August 3, 2020
Topley, who had replaced fast bowler Tom Curran in the second match, is highly likely of being replaced by the latter as England don’t have any other fast bowling option in their 14-man squad.
Playing his first international match since the ICC World Twenty20 2016 in Mumbai, Topley had opened the bowling with David Willey upon international reunion for England.
Having registered bowling figures of 9-1-31-1, Topley bowled with discipline in various parts of the innings. Bowling at the death, Topley dismissed Andy McBrine (24) on the last ball of the Irish innings to pick an ODI wicket after more than four years.
With James Vince bowling four overs of medium pace at the Ageas Bowl, it would be interesting to note if captain Eoin Morgan plays an extra spinner in Liam Dawson in place of Topley