World Cup 2023: Not Jofra Archer but Brydon Carse replaces injured Reece Topley in England squad
Cricket World Cup 2023: 28-year-old right-arm fast bowler Brydon Carse was named as replacement for injured Reece Topley by England on Monday.
England have roped in right-arm fast bowler Byrdon Carse as a replacement for injured pacer Reece Topley in their World Cup 2023 squad. As confirmed by their coach Matthew Mott, Jofra Archer was not drafted into the squad despite the express pacer's availability as a traveling reserve.
England were dealt with a major blow as Reece Topley suffered a fractured finger during England's 229-run defeat to South Africa at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Topley managed pain and bowled 8.5 overs on Saturday but scans revealed fracture later in the day. It was an unfortunate end to Topley's World Cup campaign as he was hurt when trying to stop a fiercely hit straight drive from Rassie van der Dussen.
England need some inspiration to revive their campaign as they have lost 3 out of their first 4 matches in World Cup 2023. England next face Sri Lanka in Bengaluru on Thursday before taking on India in Lucknow on Sunday.
Brydon Carse has played 12 ODIs for England. The 28-year-old pacer, who made his ODI debut in 2021, has 14 wickets. He played an ODI in the 4-match series against New Zealand in September and played 2 ODIs against Ireland where England fielded a second-string team.
Carse's addition to the England squad was approved by the ICC Event Technical Committee, which consists of Wasim Khan (ICC General Manager - Cricket and ETC Chair), Chris Tetley (ICC Head of Events), Hemang Amin (Acting CEO - BCCI), Gaurav Saxena (General Manager - Operations, BCCI), Russel Arnold and Simon Doull (Independent Representatives).
Notably, Reece Topley left for the UK on Monday and the ECB said the England and County side, Surrey's medical teams will take care of the pacer's rehabilitation.
Jofra Archer joined the England cricket team in India earlier this month as a traveling reserve after returning from a lengthy injury layoff. However, England coach Matthew Mott played down the chances of Archer getting a chance to return to World Cup action.
"Jof is actually not going to be considered for selection. He's come out, he's reported to the medical staff, but he's not going to be able to play a part in the end of this campaign," Mott had said over the weekend.
Topley's unfortunate luck with the World Cup continued as the left-arm pacer was ruled out of the T20 World Cup last year after he picked up a freak injury during a warm-up fixture.