Mills selection unlikely despite Hussain support

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Fast bowler Tymal Mills has all but been ruled out of contention for a call-up to England's squad for May and June's series against Sri Lanka.

Fast bowler Tymal Mills has all but been ruled out of contention for a call-up to England's squad for May and June's series against Sri Lanka.

Former captain Nasser Hussain recently suggested the uncapped Mills be named in England's squad for the two Tests at Lord's and Headingley.

Left-arm fast bowler Mills was deployed during practice sessions across the recent tour of Australia, as England's batsmen prepared to combat southpaw seamer Mitchell Johnson.

"I'd also like to see England be a little bolder in their selections. We won't learn much by beating Sri Lanka at home with our 80 miles per hours seaming the Duke's ball around," Hussain wrote in the <i>Daily Mail</i>.

"So I just hope we're keeping an eye on the likes of Tymal, who can bowl with serious pace. Sure, he may not work out. But we already know what a guy like Tim Bresnan can do. We need to see if players like Mills are up to international cricket."

The 21-year-old Mills gathered a fine stretch of form for Essex in first-class cricket in April, securing a telling four-wicket haul against Surrey and an important three-for versus Derbyshire.

He has since sustained a side strain, though, and is unlikely to bowl for the remainder of an important County Championship Division Two fixture against Leciestershire in Chelmsford this week.

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