England pace bowler Reece Topley has signed for Hampshire.
The 21-year-old, who made his international debut in the one-off t20 against Australia yesterday, will join the Ageas Bowl club from Essex at the end of the season.
Topley, a 6ft 7in left-armer, took one for 35 in England’s five-run triumph at Sofia Gardens in Cardiff.
He is determined to become a regular in the national side and believes his two-year deal at Hampshire will help him realise those dreams.
Topley said: ‘I am delighted to be joining Hampshire – a club I have admired from a distance for some time.
‘I know I am not the finished article and hope that, at 21 years old, Hampshire can help me develop into a regular international bowler in the coming years.
‘I feel the environment at the Ageas Bowl will assist me in being the best I possibly can be and I am tremendously excited for the future at Hampshire.’
Topley burst on to the scene in 2011 with consecutive five-wicket hauls for Essex while just 17 years of age.
He now boasts 125 first-class wickets at an average of 25.78, 50 List A scalps at 23.78 and another 64 in t20 cricket at just 20.50.
Topley was the leading wicket-taker in the 2012 and 2013 Friends Life t20 campaigns and was the stand-out bowler at the 2012 Under-19 World Cup in Australia.
And he currently tops the charts in this season’s Royal London One-Day Cup with 20 wickets.
Giles White is excited about the impact Topley can have at the Ageas Bowl.
Hampshire’s director of cricket said: ‘Reece is an exciting addition to the squad.
‘He is a young bowler with huge potential who has the ability to impact games in both red and white-ball cricket.
‘What was evident during our talks was a strong desire to improve and I hope we can help him realise his ambition of playing for England in all formats.
‘We are delighted he is joining Hampshire and we look forward to welcoming him to the club at the end of the current season.’