Mills ready for England chance in T20s


Sussex fast bowler Tymal Mills has been taking clumps of wickets for the Sharks in this season's T20 Blast, and is set to be called to the England T20 side to face Sri Lanka after nearly losing his career to injury.

Mills has chronic back problems and has effectively been ruled out of red ball cricket, but is eager to keep going in the shortest format and show that he's worthy of and England place.

The left-arm paceman is one of the quickest bowlers on the circuit, rushing the likes of Chris Gayle this season, and also bamboozling England skipper Alastair Cook in 2013 when he was playing for Essex.

Mills said on BBC radio of his career revival: 'In that game for Essex, 94.5mph was the quickest I got. I bowled Chris Gayle with a 93.5mph delivery against Somerset, but I think I bowled quicker against Kent the other day.

"I feel in good shape. I'm always going to run in all guns blazing, and try to attack at good pace."

With Reece Topley injured, and also in poor form before that, Mills hopes he gets a chance to shine in national colours: "I've always wanted to play for England.

"When I was playing first-class cricket, I wanted to play for England in all formats.

"I know that can't happen now because of my bad back, but nothing's changed. I'm only 23, and I've got a lot of cricket left in me."

England will face Sri Lanka in a one-off T20 next month, following a five-match ODI series.