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Reece Topley fractures right hand in his debut for Hampshire

Reece Topley is ruled out of the ongoing game against Warwickshire and will also miss the next game against Yorkshire.
Reece Topley is ruled out of the ongoing game against Warwickshire and will also miss the next game against Yorkshire.
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England speedster Reece Topley has suffered a fracture in his right hand after being struck by the ball while batting for Hampshire during his debut for the team on Sunday.

Batting against Warwickshire, Topley was struck on the right hand by a Boyd Rankin delivery but carried on to make a career-best 15 before being dismissed while Hampshire were reduced to 189 for eight on day one.

On the second day which was washed out due to rain, Topley underwent an X-ray which revealed a fracture and the 22-year-old will visit a specialist to further assess the injury.

Speaking to the BBC, Topley said that the fracture was just below the knuckles and there was a possibility of another fracture in the right hand.

“I was hit on the back of the hand and an X-ray this morning has revealed at least one fracture.

“There’s one fracture there just below the knuckles and possibly another.

“I’m going to see a specialist later.

“It’s frustrating it came while batting, but that’s one of the risks when you play cricket.”

Giles White, Director of Cricket at Hampshire said that the full extent of the injury to Topley will be known by Tuesday.

“We won’t find about how serious Reece’s injury is until tomorrow,” said White.

“It is disappointing for Reece and everyone here at Hampshire.

“To lose him at such an early part of the season without seeing a ball in his hand is exceptionally disappointing but that is the nature of the game."

Furthermore, White confirmed that Topley will not be taking part in the remainder of the game against Warwickshire and also ruled him out of the next match against Yorkshire.

“Reece is a resilient character and it gives us to look at others in the squad.

“We suspect he won’t bowl in this game and make it any worse.

“We just want to get him better as soon as possible.

“He won’t play against Yorkshire next week.”

Topley made his international debut for England in a Twenty20 International against Australia in August 2015 and has since played six T20Is and 10 One-Day Internationals.

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