Topley surprised by England impact


Reece Topley has spoken of his surprise over the impact he made for England in the one-day international series victory over Pakistan as he targets a place in the ICC World Twenty20 side.

The 21-year-old paceman played in all four games in the 3-1 triumph in the United Arab Emirates, taking six wickets - including 3-26 in the Abu Dhabi defeat.

Topley admits he did not expect to break into the side so early in his career ahead of the three-match T20 series, which gets underway in Dubai on Thursday.

The left-armer said: "I am very proud to be where I am and feel very privileged. To get the series win and play how I have played is a surprise firstly and very pleasing.

"It's been tricky, that was the case all along. But I think I've learnt quite quickly since I have been here.

"The experience I've had through the England pathways from the academies and age groups has been put to practice."

Topley has set his sights on showcasing his talents in the World T20 in March, but knows there are no guarantees he will feature in India.

"A year ago I wouldn't have said that was a possibility (to secure a place in the World Twenty20 squad)," he added.

"We're all fighting for places and it's a healthy competition to have, you need that rather than having a given side. You want people fighting for their place and earning the right to be on that flight.

"From a team perspective it'll be a good way to gauge where we are. We don't have too many T20s in international cricket throughout the year but three in a row will be a good chance to measure where we are and work on our T20 game."