ODI vs India decider ideal preparation for T20 World Cup: England Topley



England’s tall left-arm pacer Reece Topley, who rocked India with a six-wicket haul in the second ODI, has his eyes firmly set on the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia later this year, saying it is his “ultimate goal” and that the decisive third one-day tournament in Manchester later on Sunday will be the ideal preparation for him for the global event.

The 6’7″ Topley took career-best figures of 6/24 in ODI cricket as England beat India by 100 runs in the second match at Lord’s on Thursday to level the three-match series at 1-1. The final match of the series is played later on Sunday in Manchester.

“This (the last ODI in Manchester) is the moments that make it all worth it. I don’t know — it’s nice to play for England and of course you want to play for your country whenever you get the chance. I want to take opportunities like this.” the 28-year-old misska told the Daily Mail.

“I’m excited to be back in the team. But the important thing is not to get too ahead of myself. South Africa is next, then the T20 World Cup. I’m taking this series by series. I have an ultimate goal. I want to be in the World Cup, I want to contribute and be in the team. Every day I’m trying to achieve this goal and I’m trying to improve,” he added.

Topley felt the charged atmosphere at Old Trafford would provide him with the ideal preparation for the T20 World Cup if selected.

“I’m expecting a pretty good atmosphere in Manchester. Almost like an away game really. But that’s the thing you want to practise, especially at the World Cup in October – you want to ‘win it or get out’.” kind of games.”

The player, whose career has been dogged by injuries, added that he might only get a wicket in the crucial ODI on Sunday, but it was more important for him to enjoy the moment.

“I could have bowled like Thursday and walked away with one for 40 but the wickets fell and you have to enjoy the moment,” he said. England will be looking to avoid just their second home series loss in 13 when they take on Rohit Sharma-led India on Sunday.

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