Sussex captain Luke Wright waxed lyrical for his teammate Tymal Mills upon the pacer’s selection in England‘s 15-man T20 World Cup squad. Mills, who hasn’t played for England since 2017, returned to the setup for the showpiece event after brilliant performances in the Blast and The Hundred.
Luke Wright, who was part of England’s 2010 T20 World Cup-winning side, said the left-arm speedster truly deserves this re-call. He heaped praise on his excellent form this season with the ball.
“I think that’s exactly the word [deserve] I’d use. He came into the season with a bad injury. He did really well for us [ in the Blast] and excelled in the Hundred. The progression he’s made, with his bowling and the way his performance has been in the big moments, it has been a big one for him,” Luke Wright said ahead of the Blast finals day.
Tymal Mills has taken 14 wickets in 8 matches in the ongoing Blast where Sussex have qualified for the semifinal. He charged the Southern Brave to the inaugural Hundred title with superb individual displays.
Tymal Mills is one of our hardest workers: Luke Wright
The former Royal Challengers Bangalore speedster has had his issues with injuries over the past few seasons. However, this year he came back stronger than ever; his pace has been high, he has been more accurate with yorkers and slower balls and other variations.
Wright lauded the 29-year-old seamer for his hard work which has rendered his body fit enough to go through multiple tournaments without injury.
“We’ve always known he’s an asset. But I think his body has been so good that he has been able to put the extra training sessions, and it paid off. In the Hundred he was absolutely outstanding – he bowled fast all the way through the really hard overs all the time.
“Ever since I have played with him he is one of our hardest workers. When I first started playing with him he was a heavier lad, but he’s worked really hard to drop a lot of that, take some restrain off his body. He obviously knows he has to try and prevent any injuries. The amazing thing to watch about him, in the Blast and Hundred, was that he was able to keep backing it up game and game and he’s looking very strong at the moment,” the Sussex skipper concluded.
Sussex had defeated Yorkshire in the quarter-final in July; they will take on Kent in the semi-final this week. As far as the T20 World Cup is concerned, England are drawn in Group 1 of the Super 12 stage alongside Australia, West Indies, and South Africa.