Topley relishing South Africa clash

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Reece Topley is relishing the challenge of taking on South Africa in England’s second game of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 tomorrow (2pm).

The former Hadleigh Cricket Club bowler is part of the England squad competing in the international tournament in India.

And ahead of facing South Africa for their second Group One game in Mumbai, Topley is excited to be facing the Proteas once again.

“If we can put our A game together we could be an effective side who can defeat any side on our day,” the left-arm bowler said.

“Our warm up programme over the last 10 days has been good and productive.

“Playing in India really excites me as even in the warm up games we played in half full stadiums, but they are completely crazy about cricket.

“Playing South Africa in our second match will be extremely challenging as they fancy themselves too. They are a good side with an explosive batting line-up.”

Topley was set to make his World Twenty20 debut yesterday when England took on West Indies in their opening game of the tournament.

England’s sole success in the competition came back in 2010 when they beat Australia by seven wickets in the final, and since that triumph in the West Indies, they have been eliminated in the second round in the last two editions in 2012 and 2014.

Following tomorrow’s clash with South Africa, England take on Afghanistan in Delhi on Wednesday next week, before finishing their Group One fixtures against Sri Lanka a week on Saturday.

“In T20 cricket winning or losing is a habit,” Topley said. “Hopefully we can do all three disciplines well and create some pressure, and then cope with pressure with the bat. It should be a wonderful and exciting night on Friday.”