ICC World Cup 2023 – Reece Topley relieves England from sticking to their aggressive ODI blueprint

Reece Topley It has been told England won by 137 runs over Bangladesh in Dharamsala as a “step in the right direction”, but admitted it was a relief to prove that the team’s attacking approach is still winning after their humiliation. lost by nine wickets In the first match of the World Cup against New Zealand last week.

Topley was not involved in the crushing defeat in Ahmedabad in which Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra chased down England’s modest target of 283 with 82 balls to spare. However, he was named as an additional seamer in place of Moeen Ali for this game, and he took 4 for 43 from his ten overs, including three wickets with the new ball, ensuring . David MalanThe brilliant innings of 140 runs in 107 balls will not go in vain.

“(The New Zealand match) didn’t go according to plan,” Topley said. sky game, “So it’s good to play with a similar blueprint, but prove that this is the right way to go about things. It’s a team effort at the end of the day. Obviously everyone wants to play like that, when you’re out there If you get left out, it’s really about how you respond. You want to come in and make an impact, and getting those early wickets has definitely taken some of the stress off for me.’ ‘

The size of England’s victory more than atoned for New Zealand’s crushing defeat. The net run rate of the team is now up to 0.553The side were at -2 before this win, and Topley reiterated the importance of playing boldly in tournament cricket, in order to coach the team to make the right choices when the going gets tough at the back end of the campaign.

“Over the years, you’ve seen this side explode, but if you go about it the right way, and play the way you want to, you can live and die by the sword. ,” He said. “When you have talented players in the changing-room – especially in tournament cricket – when it comes to those important games, it’s a dangerous thing to come up against a team that plays in that manner.

“Knock-out cricket is more mental than the talent on the pitch. If you are on the front foot in front of the opposition, I think you go straight ahead with an advantage. It has proved successful in the past, and it will be for a long time.” “May continue until.”

The Bangladesh victory was a remarkable occasion for Topley in many ways. At the age of 29, this was his first appearance in a 50-over World Cup, and the first time he has played in an ICC competition since his short-lived role in England’s run to the World T20 final in 2016. in India.

After battling a career-threatening back injury, Topley missed England’s victorious T20 World Cup campaign in Australia last winter after suffering an ankle injury in training. And his hopes of playing in this tournament also suffered a blow earlier this year when he suffered a dislocated shoulder while fielding in his IPL debut for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

“I definitely feel like I have unfinished business at the World Cup,” he said. “It’s good to be fully fit, but I’m a bit undercooked, so hopefully I’ll peak at the right time. I haven’t played a lot of cricket this summer, I’m wrapped in cotton wool.” , so thanks to everyone I made it this far.”

On the basis of this evidence, Topley has confirmed his place in England’s plans for this tournament, admitting that – for the first time since the team practiced in the middle in Dharamshala – the place will go to his high-kicking left-hander. Was likely to be suitable for the seamers.

“I said to Woody (Mark Wood), when we were bowling in the middle during training, here it swings more. On some grounds around the world, it swings more, the ball hits the ground and goes flying Is.

“I saw the umpire pick a very good ball, and because I was opening with Wiz (Chris Woakes), we wanted different ends. Normally there is another left-arm bowler and we both have a Just wanted to finish. The wind was coming over my left shoulder, I had a really good ball… I thought today was going to be a good day for me. Sometimes you just get that feeling.”

So it proved, with Topley striking twice in his first over, with Tanjeed Hasan and Najmul Hossain Shanto both caught at slip and gully respectively on outswingers. He then bowled arguably his best ball of the day, a poor seaming delivery that took a dive of perfect length to clip the bails of Bangladesh’s dangerous player Shakib Al Hasan.

“I fell a little far,” joked Topley. “It’s a little more inclined than others… but you want it right here, you want it in the right area. But it’s all about the method. You just validate the way you go about things.” Want to do it, and today was one of those days, it felt like you were ticking the right boxes.”

Andrew Miller is the UK editor for ESPNcricinfo. @miller_cricket

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