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Reece Topley reveled in chances after England held on by one point against West Indies

Reece Topley eager to ’embrace’ international opportunities after England kept a single point against the West Indies in Surrey’s first left-arm Twenty20 appearance in six years

  • England narrowly beat the West Indies at Bridgetown to bring the T20 series to 1-1
  • It was Reece Topley’s first T20 appearance since the 2016 World Cup
  • The Surrey left-armer takes every game in his stride after injury struggle



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Reece Topley justifies a philosophical stance on death bowling after England teammate Saqib Mahmood was pulverized in the second Twenty20 final in Bridgetown.

Topley’s penultimate over costing just eight runs and left the West Indies with 30 required from the 20th supplied by Mahmood.

They took 28 on an extraordinary boundary punch – Akeal Hosein finished the innings with a hat-trick of six en route to a record-breaking undefeated 44 for a number 10 – while Eoin Morgan’s B-listers held on with a single run.

Reece Topley made his first T20 appearance in six years against the West Indies on Sunday

Reece Topley made his first T20 appearance in six years against the West Indies on Sunday

But the Surrey left arm, who took one for 18 in his first outing in six years, accepts that the shoe could have easily stood on the other foot.

“I’ve been in that scenario, and I think you can get involved in anything, especially when you’re not at home,” said Topley, after a one-point win in England tied the series 1-1.

“The West Indies were behind the eight-ball for much of the innings, the fans were quiet and then suddenly towards the end there were some boundaries and they all got out of their seats and the sound was amazing.

“I’ve been there before where you just get involved. It’s the pressure scenario, the whole game becomes a game within a game in those last few overs.

Topley celebrates with James Vince after Shai Hope's resignation in Bridgetown

Topley celebrates with James Vince after Shai Hope's resignation in Bridgetown

Topley celebrates with James Vince after Shai Hope’s resignation in Bridgetown

“You have to isolate each ball, forget what happened before and just commit to the end of your goal.

“There are games where you are the good man and there are games where you are the bad guy. It’s in the nature of being the guy who bowls at death or on top in those key parts of the innings that if it doesn’t fall your way you have to get up the next day and be just as hungry for the game to take on your shoulders again.’

After an eventful career in fitness, Topley is simply enjoying more international opportunities in this five-game campaign at the Kensington Oval.

England held on for nearly one run to bring the T20 series against the West Indies to 1-1

England held on for nearly one run to bring the T20 series against the West Indies to 1-1

England held on for nearly one run to bring the T20 series against the West Indies to 1-1

“If you’re injured, you could almost bite someone’s hand off playing in a T20 and bowl four overs for something like 40,” he said.

“I think that attitude bodes well for me since I came back and played because I just embrace those pressure scenarios.

“I almost feel like it’s normal to be nervous and it’s exciting because it’s a game at stake for your country.”

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