England pace bowler Reece Topley has been ruled out of the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia owing to ligament damage to his left ankle. ECB have named Tymal Mills – one of the travelling reserves, as his replacement in the squad.
Reece Topley Ruled Out of T20 World Cup 2022
Meanwhile, Lancashire’s left-arm seamer Luke Wood will join the set-up as a travelling reserve.
As per a report, the left-arm fast bowler hurt his ankle after landing awkwardly on the advertising cushions, while fielding on the boundary.
Prior to Saturday’s campaign opener against Afghanistan in Perth, England had planned for Topley to be thoroughly examined. The results of the scan on the injury, though, confirmed the worries that his tournament would be finished before it even got underway.
The 6ft 7in left-arm seamer, who has overcome multiple stress fractures in his back during his career, has taken 17 wickets in 16 T20s in 2022 and can bowl anywhere in an innings – with an economy rate of 7.8 impressive given he operates mainly in the powerplay at the death.
Mills, Topley’s replacement, has picked up 198 wickets in his T20 career. He also had an impressive run in the T20 World Cup in the UAE last year, bagging seven wickets at an average of just over 15.
England will play their opening match of the tournament on Saturday against Afghanistan in Perth Stadium, Perth.