Tymal Mills, a left-arm seamer, was a surprise inclusion in England’s T20 World Cup roster. Although captain Eoin Morgan hinted to Tymal Mills’ return to international duty earlier this year, his inclusion was still in doubt.
As a result, the 29-year-old believes his hard work and challenges have finally paid off. Mills made his T20I debut in 2016 and has since appeared in five matches, taking only three wickets. Mills hasn’t played for England since February 2017, but he had a strong showing in the T20 Blast.
Tymal Mills told Talk Sport that he always saw himself as a worthy cricketer, but that fitness and form were holding him back. At The Hundred and Blast, the Yorkshire pacer saw opportunities and took advantage of them.
“I’ve always believed I was talented enough to play for England, but it’s just a matter of staying fit long enough to prove it and being able to back up my performances in tournaments over the course of weeks and months.
With the Blast and then The Hundred coming up to a World Cup, I recognized there was a lot of opportunity at the start of the year. I’d like to think that if I did well in those two competitions, I’d throw my hat in the ring, and happily I did.”
Millis expressed his joy at being able to hit the ropes this summer. The call from head coach Chris Silverwood, he said, made all of his hardships worthwhile.
“I’m pretty pleased with how I did this summer; we still have Finals Day this week, but it’s been a fantastic summer so far. I’ve put in a lot of effort and it hasn’t always been easy, but getting that call from Chris Silverwood last week made it all worthwhile.”
Mills, a member of The Hundred’s Southern Brave, grabbed eight wickets in ten games at the age of 26. In the T20 Blast, he has improved his performance even further, taking 14 wickets in eight matches at an average of 14.78.
I’ve put in a lot of hard work and it was nice to see the rewards for that: Tymal Mills
Tymal Mills went on to say that one of the things that has slowed him down is his fitness. As a result, the 29-year-old was pleased to see his work in The Hundred and Blast pay off. Mills continued, ”
“I always believe in myself and believe that if I am confidence in my physique, I will have a strong game in T20 cricket, but staying fit has been a challenge for me. It’s not only about playing four or five games before getting hurt; it’s about getting through a whole group stage, a whole tournament.”
“I had a great time in The Hundred; I believe I bowled the most balls in the competition, which you could have bet a lot of money on; I played every game; I bowled my entire allocation in every game. I’ve put in a lot of effort, and it’s good to see the fruits of my labor.”
In this edition of the World Cup, England will try to win their second T20 title. On the 23rd of October, the Three Lions will face the West Indies in Dubai to begin their campaign. The pacers in England’s team include Mills, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, David Willey, Chris Jordan, and Sam Curran.