Daily Star|January 25, 2022
Topley gets behind ace Mahmood


REECE TOPLEY has backed bowling partner Saqib Mahmood to recover from his Barbados battering in the final over of the second T20 international.

The left-armer set up England for the win, keeping the penultimate over down to eight runs and then leaving his partner 30 to defend.

But Mahmood (inset) so nearly let victory slip going for two fours, three sixes and two wides as Akeal Hosein fired 28 offthe over.

“Going for eight in that penultimate over set it up for Saqy to have an easy job,” said Topley with a grin.

“But there are games where you’re the good guy and there’s games where you’re the bad guy.

“It’s the nature of being the guy that bowls at the death or bowls up top in those key parts of the innings is when it doesn’t fall your way.

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