Key player ruled out of World Cup due serious injury

Key player ruled out of World Cup due serious injury

England fast bowler Reece Topley's World Cup journey came to an unfortunate end due to a left index finger fracture sustained during their 229-run loss to South Africa, as confirmed by the country's cricket board (ECB) on Sunday.

Topley's injury occurred during the first innings, leading to a brief departure from the field for treatment. Despite his return to the bowling crease, where he finished with figures of 3-88, he did not participate in England's run chase, which ended in a collapse.

Throughout the tournament, the 29-year-old had been England's standout bowler, amassing eight wickets in three matches.

After undergoing scans in Mumbai the day after the match at the Wankhede Stadium, the extent of Topley's injury was revealed. The ECB stated that he would return to the UK within the next 24 hours and collaborate with the England and Surrey medical teams to facilitate his rehabilitation.

While the ECB announced their intention to name a replacement in due time, coach Matthew Mott clarified that Jofra Archer, who was in reserve as he made his comeback from an elbow injury, would not be part of the squad.