Fast bowler Brydon Carse was on Monday called up to the England squad at the ICC World Cup 2023 to replace the injured Reece Topley, tournament officials said.
South Africa-born Carse has so far played 12 one-day internationals and three Twenty20 games for England since making his debut in 2021.
Topley fractured his index finger on his bowling hand in Saturday’s 229-run mauling at the hands of South Africa in Mumbai and will sit out the rest of the competition.
“England and Surrey seamer Reece Topley has been ruled out of the rest of the ICC Men’s World Cup after fracturing his left index finger during England’s defeat to South Africa on Saturday,” ECB stated.
Initial reports suggested that the left-arm pacer may have cracked his finger. He was then taken for scans in Mumbai which revealed the full extent of his injury.
“Scans in Mumbai on Saturday, after the match at the Wankhede Stadium, revealed the full extent of the injury. Topley will return to the UK in the next 24 hours,” said ECB.
“He will work closely with the England and Surrey medical teams in respect of his rehabilitation,” the statement added.
England had a disappointing World Cup campaign thus far as the defending champions managed to win only one game out of four and currently sit ninth in the standings, trailing by Afghanistan, who upset them by 69 runs last week.
England’s squad for the World Cup 2023
Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes.