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Topley hoping to impress in South Africa

Reece Topley hopes to make a big impression on England’s selectors ahead of the squad for the World Twenty20 being announced in two weeks.

The former Hadleigh Cricket Club bowler leaves for the One Day International and T20 series in South Africa tomorrow looking to build on a successful 2015 which saw him make his England debut in both short forms of the game.

And with England set to announce their squad early next month for the upcoming World Twenty20 in India, Topley is desperate to be selected in the 15-man line-up.

“I never take for granted putting on the England shirt,” the 21-year-old said. “I want to perform to my best and give everything, so I have a chance of being picked again.

“With the World Twenty20 in India coming up in March I’m desperate to be a part of that squad playing for England.

“There is always competition for places and that’s what England have.

“There’s so many good one day bowlers around.”

The ODI series gets under way in Bloemfontein on February 3, with matches then being held in Port Elizabeth, Centurion and Johannesburg before culminating with the fifth ODI in Cape Town on February 14.

England’s winter tour in South Africa concludes with two T20 internationals in Cape Town (February 19) and Johannesburg (February 21).

“I’m so looking forward to get going again,” Topley said. “It’s been a good couple of months since I last bowled properly and I’ve had a good rest with the family in Barbados over Christmas.

“2015 was simply a great year for me. I started 2015 recovering from two stress fractures but ended the year having played for England seven times, and I hope to play more in 2016.

“Playing for my country is a privilege and a pleasure. I feel honoured to put the England shirt on as it really does mean a lot to me.”

It promises to be an exciting year for Topley, with a switch from Essex to Hampshire towards the end of last season meaning the left-arm seamer will play in Division One of the LV= County Championship for the first time in his career.

“I’ll be joining a new fast bowling attack at Hampshire with the likes of Fidel Edwards, Ryan McLaren, Gareth Berg and Chris Wood,” Topley said.

“Division One of county cricket will be a new experience for me and I firmly believe county batsmen will be quite wary of that bowling attack.”

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