Essex’s bowling sensation Reece Topley has taken his first step to a prolonged England career after being handed his first feel of international cricket.
The former Hadleigh cricketer, whose family home is in Polstead, was named among the 13-man squad to face New Zealand in the NatWest International Twenty/20 on Tuesday at Emirates Old Trafford, in which England claimed a 56 run success.
And while the 21-year-old son of former Essex fast bowler Don Topley, who has been among England’s youth and development sides in the past, did not feature in the match, he is well aware that the opportunity to be handed the chance to be among the squad is the first step to achieving his international ambitions.
“It sounds great to be referred to as an England player,” said the left-arm seam bowler, speaking to Essex Cricket Club’s in-house TV station.
“I’ve never really thought about it before and I was just really excited to be given the news.
“I’m very aware that this is just a stepping stone in the right direction to where I want to go and what I want to achieve in the game.
“It was brilliant to have a few days with the one day international players (prior to the match) obviously I bowled well enough to attract the attention of the right people. It is just exciting to be given a feel for international cricket.”