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ODI World Cup 2023: Reece Topley's injury deals a major blow to England's campaign

England's ODI World Cup 2023 journey faces a significant setback as Reece Topley, their key pacer, is ruled out due to injury, adding to the defending champions' challenges in the tournament.

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First Published Oct 22, 2023, 7:44 PM IST

England's hopes in the ODI World Cup 2023 have been dealt a severe blow as their primary pacer, Reece Topley, has been forced to withdraw from the tournament due to injury. The left-arm seamer, Topley, had been grappling with recurring injuries throughout the World Cup. England's official social media channel, 'X' (formerly Twitter), recently confirmed the injury in a post. The defending champions have had a dismal start to their campaign, with just one victory in four games, placing them at the bottom of the table.

Topley sustained a left index finger injury during the match against South Africa in Mumbai on October 21. Subsequent scans revealed a fracture in his left index finger. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) issued an official statement, noting that Topley would return to the UK for rehabilitation, with a replacement player to be announced soon.

During the match, Topley left the field in the 4th over after being hit on his fingers while attempting to stop a powerful shot. Despite his injury, he returned to bowl 8.5 overs and managed to secure three wickets. In a high-octane game, South Africa emerged victorious with an impressive 229-run win over defending champions England at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.

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