Nassar Hussain has said that Sussex seamer Tymal Mills’ “raw ability” should convince England to pick him to play T20 cricket this summer.
Due to a congenital back condition Mills is unable to play four day cricket but he is a vital player for Sussex in the shorter games and he also represented England Lions in T20s over the past winter.
Last week the left-arm speedster wiped out Chris Gayle with a 93mph ball in his county’s NatWest T20 Blast victory over Summerset in Hove.
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Hussain thinks that the England selectors, as well as IPL franchises, are likely to be keeping a close eye on Mills. He said that “other than the fear of him snapping” there is no reason why Mills shouldn’t be able to play T20 for England or any domestic club around the world.
After watching the game against Summerset this week Hussain said that he bowled out “world superstar” Gayle, nearly bumped out Mahela Jayawardena and showed that he brilliant as both a slow and fast bowler.
Mills was also a problem for England before the 2013 Ashes when he bowled against them for Essex in a first-class game; he ended up striking Graeme Swann on the arm and took the wickets of Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott.
Hussain said that it was a “shame” that Mills’ back problems mean that he won’t be able to play Test matches but thinks that its excellent that T20 allows him to remain in the game.
Hussain said, “When you watch him you get mixed emotions. We all saw the spell he bowled against England when he hit Swann and took a few wickets – we thought he had a real future in the longer form. It’s a shame that’s not the case but if it wasn’t for T20, he would have to do another job.”