England seamer Reece Topley breaks hand on Hampshire debut

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England seamer Reece Topley has broken his right hand on his Hampshire debut.

Topley, who left Essex to join his new county for this season, is yet to discover the full extent of the injury he suffered on day one of the Specsavers championship season when he was hit by a bouncer from Warwickshire's Boyd Rankin.

But the 22-year-old, a member England's squad of ICC World Twenty20 finalists over the past month in India, knows already he has a "fracture in a few places beneath the knuckle".

The tailender batted on at the Ageas Bowl, despite his injury, contributing his first-class career-best of 15 as Hampshire struggled for runs.

England do not have a white-ball fixture until the start of the Royal London Series against Sri Lanka in late June, and left-armer Topley's injury is not to his bowling hand.

He told Sky Sports News: "I was hit on the back of my hand, and (had to) rush off for an x-ray.

"Unfortunately there was a fracture there - at least one, maybe a few more.

"It was a knock back early in my innings. I thought I played the shot quite well, and I kept going with a bit of discomfort.

Hampshire added on the club's Twitter feed: "@reece_topley is to see a specialist today after injuring his right hand whilst batting at @TheAgeasBowl yesterday."

Topley, however, still appears optimistic.

"The worse-case scenario will see me have to have a wire put in my hand," he said.

"The best case scenario will be to leave it and let it heal."

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