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Hampshire confirm Reece Topley exit

Reece Topley finished with career-best one-day figures Getty Images

Hampshire have confirmed that Reece Topley, the left-seamer, has left the club.

It was a decision that was expected with him out of contract following three years which have continued to be injury-plagued as he featured in just 21 matches during his time with Hampshire.

At the beginning of the 2018 season he signed a white-ball only deal so he could focus his energy on the shorter formats, but underwent surgery during the summer to have a pin inserted in his back having suffered a fifth stress fracture.

"Not an easy decision to make to leave a team, however I want to thank those who supported me over the last three years I have been associated with Hampshire," Topley posted on Twitter. "I'm excited about what's to come..."

Giles White, the Hampshire director of cricket, said: "Mid-way through the 2018 season Reece made it apparent that he wanted to pursue his career elsewhere - we wish him well."

Topley has played 10 ODIs and six T20s and before suffering the recurrence of his back injury enjoyed success for England Lions against India A and West Indies in the 2018 summer, taking eight wickets in four matches.