Tymal Mills is coming off a successful stint with Auckland in the New Zealand T20 competition.
Tymal Mills is coming off a successful stint with Auckland in the New Zealand T20 competition. Simon Watts

Paceman happy to lap up the Heat as England freezes

CRICKET: English express bowler Tymal Mills was only too happy to take up an opportunity to play for the Brisbane Heat.

The 24-year-old had just completed a stint with Auckland in the New Zealand T20 competition, the Super Smash, where he impressed.

"I was supposed to fly to England today where's it's minus two degrees,” Mills said at the Gabba ahead of his Big Bash League debut tomorrow night with the ladder leaders.

"So it's nice to stay warm and stay playing.”

Mills will also use the brief opportunity to push his claims for a berth in the England T20 side taking on India later this month.

"There's not many better showcases,” he said of the increasingly popular BBL.

"I can't wait. I've watched it on TV. Just been in New Zealand now and it's pretty well covered there and I know everyone back home in England watches it.”

As a replacement for West Indian tweaker Samuel Badree (hamstring), Mills joked he was "actually bowling spin tomorrow”.

But he is anything but a slow bowler.

Mills, who has played one T20I for England, is capable of bowling at 150kmh and has taken 56 wickets in 48 domestic 20-over-a-side matches.

He is solely a limited-overs player after suffering a debilitating back injury, but is determined to make an impact in a short time as the Heat pushes for a place in the BBL final.

"They've obviously seen what I can do, so hopefully I can replicate that over here,” said Mills, who spent time in Brisbane two years ago when a net bowler for the visiting England Test squad.

The Heat faces the Perth Scorchers tomorrow night at the Gabba and will need to cover for the in-form Chris Lynn, who is on national duties.

"He's obviously been a bit of a freak the last few games,” Mills said.

"It's been good to watch, but whenever a guy drops out, somebody's got to come in and there's runs to be had from somewhere else.”



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