Topley Suffers Injury During Powerplay
Reece Topley, England’s opening bowler, suffered a finger injury during the first innings’ opening powerplay at Wankhede Stadium. He was immediately taken off the field for medical attention.
Struggles to Bowl Despite Heavy Strapping
Despite returning to the field with a heavily strapped finger, Topley struggled to maintain control of the ball due to his broken index finger. His performance was part of a bowling attack that was taken apart by Heinrich Klaasen and Marco Jansen.
England Cricket Board Confirms Injury
The England Cricket Board confirmed Topley’s injury after scans in Mumbai revealed the severity of the damage. The board announced that Topley will be returning to the UK within the next 24 hours.
Replacement Yet to Be Confirmed
England’s choice of replacement for Topley is yet to be confirmed, with an official announcement expected in due course. Despite speculation, coach Matthew Mott has ruled out the possibility of Jofra Archer stepping in, as he is currently undergoing injury rehabilitation.
Possible Contenders for Replacement
Fast bowlers Brydon Carse, Matthew Potts, and George Scrimshaw, who all played for England in ODIs during the tournament build-up, are likely to be considered for selection. If England opts for a spin replacement, Rehan Ahmed could be in contention. Jason Roy and Ben Duckett are the potential choices if the selectors decide to call up an extra batter.
Topley’s Injury Woes Continue
This injury is the latest in a series of fitness setbacks for Topley. The left-arm bowler, who has previously overcome four stress fractures in his back in five years, missed England’s successful T20 World Cup campaign last year due to a ruptured ankle ligament. This recent injury means that the 29-year-old will not participate further in England’s campaign in India.
England’s Struggle in the Tournament
With Topley’s absence, Jos Buttler’s team faces a significant challenge. They need a strong finish to recover from their three losses in the opening four matches of the tournament.