Topley returns to Suffolk after tour

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Reece Topley is set to spend time in Suffolk ahead of representing England in the ICC World Twenty20 in India next month, writes Alex Moss.

The former Hadleigh Cricket Club bowler flew back into the country earlier this week following the conclusion of England’s tour in South Africa.

It was a tour which had its share of high and lows for the 22-year-old, with the high of recording his best ODI figures (4-50) followed by the low of fumbling a catch on the last ball to lose the first T20 international.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and my contributions in both white ball series,” Topley said. “I’ll certainly remember it for my best ODI figures, bowling a Jaffa at Hashim Amla and for the camaraderie of the group.”

Ahead of the two T20 internationals, Topley warmed up with figures of 3-29 in England’s 44 run victory against South Africa A in Paarl.

England then lost a thriller against South Africa in the first T20 on Friday, as after posting a low total of 134-8, they almost took the game to an unlikely super over.

However Topley could not keep hold of Joe Root’s throw from long-off to then hit the stumps in time, as the hosts sealed a three wicket win in Cape Town last Friday.

“There were lots of areas that contributed to our defeat in Cape Town,” Topley said.

“Including obviously the last ball, which I simply snatched at in a state of urgency and took my eyes off it.”

After losing the second T20 by nine wickets on Sunday, Topley and his England team mates now have a short break before flying out to India.

“I’ve got about 10 days off now in Suffolk and my new home in Hampshire in preparation for India,” Topley said.

“I’m excited to be going to play cricket in India for the first time.”