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MILLS AND BOON

Abundance of riches in England’s T20 side

- From Gideon Brooks in Barbados

TYMAL MILLS says England’s Twenty20 squad are in better shape to defend their World Cup crown than the one-day side that well and truly flopped in India.

England’s grip on both World Cups ended in a whimper, with Jos Buttler’s team managing just three wins from their nine matches on the sub-continent. But looking forward to their T20 title defence here in the Caribbean and the USA this June, fast bowler Mills believes there are reasons to be more hopeful.

“I know for a fact every single person coming back to the Caribbean to defend the T20 trophy will be very, very keen and doing everything they can to do that,” he said.

“We have got a lot of very experience­d T20 players and there won’t be a shortage of players playing T20 cricket in the lead-up to theWorld Cup.

“In 50-over cricket that maybe wasn’t the case.

“We have these games against West Indies now and the boys will be playing franchise cricket all around the world for the next six months. “Whether that’s in the IPL, South Africa, ILT20 [in the UAE], Pakistan Super League, whatever it might be, everyone’s going to be playing T20 cricket.

“So, by the time the World Cup rolls round everybody’s coming in off the back of a lot of cricket. That stands you in good stead.” Mills hopes to be a part of the title defence this time – having

We want to come back here to defend the trophy

agonisingl­y missed out on the knockout stages because of injury in the 2021 World Cup.

The left-armer was then an unused injury call-up for the squad that regained the trophy in Australia the following year, which only deepened the desire to finally get a crack.

And although he admits at 31 his pace is not what it was 10 years ago, Mills hopes to show that experience in clutch situations over the course of this five-match series could get his foot in the door.

“I probably don’t bowl quite as quickly as I did but I can still bowl quick enough,” he said.

“Ultimately what is important is that I’m a much better bowler.

“I’m much more accurate, tactically very astute and that’s something I take a lot of pride in.

“I had a really good summer. I was disappoint­ed to not play against New Zealand at the end of the summer but I was told I would come back into considerat­ion for this trip.

“It was something I was eyeing up and, with the T20 World Cup next, it’s a really important series for myself to try to get my name in and around that squad.

“The first step to that is getting picked. I’m really pleased to do so and excited to get back at it.

“Hopefully I’ve still got a good few more years left to play cricket at a high level.”

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JUST CHAMPION: The England T20 squad will try to retain their title
Mills is out to impress in the Windies with a view to making the next World Cup JUST CHAMPION: The England T20 squad will try to retain their title

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