Topley dropped from England team for World Twenty20 clash with Afghanistan

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Reece Topley has been dropped from the England team to face Afghanistan in the ICC World Twenty20 today.

The former Hadleigh Cricket Club bowler is one of two changes from the England team which made history last week, by recording the highest successful run chase in a World Twenty20 match to beat South Africa by two wickets.

Topley, along with the injured Alex Hales, have been replaced by James Vince and Liam Plunkett for England’s third Super 10 Group One game, which takes place at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi today.

Speaking this morning ahead of the Afghanistan game, Topley said: “Hopefully we can continue our form and beat Afghanistan, but we will need to beat Sri Lanka as well to probably qualify for the semi-finals.

“The historic win against South Africa was fantastic as our batsmen showed how flat the wicket was in Mumbai.

“Watching Dale Steyn (South Africa bowler) and others struggle in Mumbai was reassuring to many, as the other cricket grounds have all aided the bowlers, whether they are seamers or spinners.”

England can move into the qualifying places of Group One if they avoid defeat against Afghanistan today, with the current top two West Indies and South Africa set to face off on Friday.