England pacer fractures hand while batting


England fast bowler Reece Topley will be out of action for the early part of the County season, after being struck on the hand while batting in his debut match for Hampshire.

Topley was batting against fellow England paceman Chris Woakes, who was playing for Warwickshire, when a deliveries rose up to hit him on the knuckles. He went for a scan on Monday.

Topley said on the BBC: "I was hit on the back of the hand and an X-ray this morning has revealed at least one fracture.

"There's one fracture there just below the knuckles and possibly another.

"I'm going to see a specialist later. It's frustrating it came while batting, but that's one of the risks when you play cricket."

Topley played for England at the World Twenty20 recently, but endured a fairly torrid time, especially against South Africa when he was hit around the park.

He has yet to make a Test debut, and played 31 First Class matches for Essex before moving to Hants this season.