England left-arm seamer Reece Topley is likely to miss the limited-overs series scheduled to take place against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Topley picked up an injury on his right hand in the warm-up game for Vitality Blast against Essex, following which he has been ruled out of Surrey as well as England for next 4-6 weeks. Given the seriousness of the injury, Surrey has already ruled the fast bowler out of the Vitality Blast campaign and the two County Championship matches.
Reece Topley to miss out on entire T20 Blast for Surrey
Given the gravity of his injury, Reece Topley is set to miss the Vitality Blast campaign for the Vikram Solanki-led side, which is scheduled to begin from on June 10 against Middlesex. “Given the likelihood that he will be unable to return to high intensity training until the middle of July, the injury is likely to rule the fast bowler out of Surrey’s upcoming campaign in the Vitality Blast as well as the two County Championship games against Hampshire (July 4-7) and Somerset (July 11-14),” Surrey Cricket Club confirmed in a press release.
🏏 | Recce Topley has been ruled out for 4-6 weeks with a side strain and will likely miss the entirety of this years Vitality Blast campaign.
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) June 4, 2021
The 27-year-old was quite impressive in the recent England Tour of India, having played the 3-match ODI series earlier this year. Additionally, Topley is also in contention for a place in England’s T20 World Cup squad scheduled later this year.
The English pacer has had a phenomenal season in the LV Insurance County Championship, taking 15 wickets in four matches this season at an average of 24.93. Topley’s injury is a second big blow to Surrey following Sean Abbott’s hamstring injury that will see him returning to Australia.