England duo back Tymal Mills to shine in T20 against Sri Lanka
- Credit: Sussex CCC
England coach Trevor Bayliss and Test captain Alastair Cook admit they are excited to see how speed demon Tymal Mills will perform on the international stage.
The 23-year-old Brandon-raised bowler, who learned his trade at Tuddenham and Mildenhall, has been called up for a one-off Twenty20 to conclude a one-day series against Sri Lanka.
Mills is hoping to make his England debut in that T20 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Tuesday, July 5 – after shining for Sussex in the Natwest T20 Blast recently.
Bayliss saw enough in one England Performance Programme bowling session last winter, though – and Cook plenty when they were Essex team-mates – to buy into the Mills factor.
Bayliss said: 'I've only seen him at the one practice in South Africa, and the reaction of our batters at the time said enough.
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'There was plenty of them lining up in the spinners' net to have a bat to stay away from him.'
Mills has a congenital back problem which is preventing him from playing first-class cricket, so he is targeting becoming a T20 specialst.
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Bayliss added: 'He gives us something different and an unpredictable type of bowler, left-armer – and he has been bowling well in T20 matches.
'It will be exciting to see what he's got.'
The former Mildenhall College pupil – who played junior football for Thetford Town and Brandon Lads before picking up cricket at 14 – took the wicket of West Indies star Chris Gayle with a 93mph yorker in a televised match, helping to give his profile a boost.
'The guy can bowl quickly,' added Cook.
'Seeing a glimpse of him the other day at Hove, he's obviously worked on his skills as well – the 'change-up' from a 93mph thunderbolt to a slower ball. It's a shame his back has robbed him of first-class cricket, but he seems to have thrown all his efforts into becoming a really skilful one-day bowler.'