Deciding on ODI between England and India ODI is ideal preparation for World Cups, Reece Topley believes… he cherishes his return to the team and now wants to build on bowling records
- England bowler Reece Topley can’t wait to take on India in third ODI
- The left hander took the best ODI figures in England history on Thursday with 6 for 24
- He said the game would be a good preparation for the next World Cups
- Topley is also relieved to be back in the England squad after several injury problems
After recording England’s best bowling tricks that helped get him started, Reece Topley believes Sunday’s Royal London Series decider is the kind of contest required in the build-up to back-to-back autumn World Cups.
Topley’s six for 24 contributed to a 100-point win at Lord’s on Thursday and turned the third one-day international against India at Emirates Old Trafford into a winner-takes-all affair.
“I expect a pretty good atmosphere in Manchester. Almost like an away game. But that’s what you want to practice, especially with a World Cup in October – you want those games like ‘win or you’re out of the game,” the 28-year-old Surrey bowler said.
Reece Topley took the all-time best numbers for England at ODI cricket on Thursday with 6 for 24
The 6ft 8in tailor led England’s attack in the one-day series against India this summer
Although England have risen on such occasions over a six-year period in which they have lost just 11 of 62 ODIs at home, it should not be forgotten that this is a side very different from the one who was crowned world champion in 2019. .
For example, Ben Stokes, who was the sixth bowler in this XI, is the only one from the bowling offense involved this week. Of the other five, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood are injured, Adil Rashid has been on personal leave to make the holy pilgrimage to Mecca and Liam Plunkett was retired a long time ago.
In their absence England have turned to 6ft 8in Topley and fellow southpaw David Willey as their new ball alliance, backed by Brydon Carse, Craig Overton and Moeen Ali, with Stokes and Liam Livingstone offering additional options.
And for Topley, who left Hampshire four years ago wondering whether he would play again after a series of back injuries, the success has been particularly sweet.
England beat India by 100 runs in the second ODI, largely thanks to Topley’s bowling
Topley notched his five for with Yuzvendra Chahal’s wicket late in India’s innings
“These are the moments that are worth it. I don’t know – it’s just nice to play for England and obviously you want to play for your country every chance you get. You want to take opportunities like this,” he said.
“I’m delighted to be back in the team. But it’s important not to get too carried away. Then there’s South Africa and then the T20 World Cup. I’m just taking this streak by streak. .
“My end goal is to want to be at the World Cup, I want to contribute and be part of the team. It’s taking each day as it comes and trying to improve to achieve that goal.
It will be hard to statistically improve on what he did on Thursday night when, defending 246 all outs, he mowed down the Indian stick to break Paul Collingwood’s 17-year-old record for England’s best tricks in cricket at 50 .
The 28-year-old almost had to retire from cricket after several injury problems in his career
Topley has been in fine form for Surrey since joining Sussex County in 2020
But Topley says he’s come to understand that the most important analysis is performance analysis rather than numerical analysis.
“Stats add up and tell part of a story. Once you look at a career, they actually tell how successful you have been. But I could play the exact same thing and it wouldn’t work my way. he reflected.
“I wouldn’t say the ball comes out better or worse for me. These are the processes I have always believed in. You can be fit but not take wickets.
“I could go bowling like Thursday and come away with one for 40, but the wickets have fallen in love with me and you have to take advantage of the moment. ‘
England, looking to avoid just a second home defeat in 13, are set to retain the same squad after allowing team members Harry Brook, Phil Salt and Matt Parkinson to play Twenty20 final cricket for their counties Saturday.