Topley, 28, has claimed 17 wickets at 8pm in 16 T20Is in 2022 – more than any other English bowler – to cement his status as one of the key seamstresses in Jos Buttler’s new look, with his dual role in the Powerplay and upon death.
He has done so after overcoming a debilitating series of injury setbacks, including four stress fractures of the back in the span of five years since his volatile appearance in England’s 2016 T20 World Cup campaign in 2016.
This was more of a freak setback, however, during a field practice leading up to England’s otherwise comprehensive six-wicket win over Pakistan in the Gabba, when Topley stepped on a triangular boundary marker while attempting a catch.
He did not make it into the ensuing game as England rotated eight options over the course of their 19-over fielding stint, and according to an ECB spokesman, he will be assessed all week prior to Saturday’s clash with Afghanistan.
Should his injury turn out to be more serious than hoped, England have options in their reserves – not least his fellow left-arm sailor, Tymal Mills, who was himself replaced by Topley following a groin injury at last year’s T20 World Cup in the UAE.
Lancashire’s Richard Gleeson is also one of the team’s traveling reserves, while David Willey and Sam Curran are other left-armed sailors within the original 15-man company.