Surrey have confirmed the signing of Reece Topley, the left-arm seamer, on a two-year deal. As reported by ESPNcricinfo, Topley will also be available for selection in red-ball cricket, despite his primary focus being on white-ball cricket.
Topley will be based at The Oval for all his cricket next season, having been signed by Oval Invincibles in the inaugural draft for the Hundred.
He was subject of interest from several other counties, and Sussex released a statement which made reference to the fact the club’s medical and coaching staff had helped him back to fitness before he had signed for them. He was Sussex’s leading wicket-taker in the Blast, and took six wickets in two end-of-season Championship games.
Topley said he was “honoured” to sign for Surrey. “The set-up here is renowned for being excellent,” he said, “and I can’t wait to work with the players and coaches and aim to win some silverware.”
Alec Stewart, the club’s director of cricket, said that Topley’s signing was a “massive boost”.
“Being able to add an international bowler of Reece’s ability is a massive boost to the squad,” he said, “and we look forward to seeing all his skills on view next season and beyond.”
Topley last played international cricket in early 2016, but remains highly regarded by England’s selectors despite his regular injury problems. He was selected for an England Lions tri-series last summer, and it is possible that he might feature in their squad to tour Australia this winter.