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Mills confident of hitting straps

03 January 2018

Tymal Mills says the Hurricanes getting their first win of BBL|07 could help get the side on a roll over the coming matches.

Speaking to media ahead of training this afternoon, Mills said the group had re-settled after losing their opening two matches of the tournament.

“Definitely good to get that first win out of the way. We had a really good couple of games pre-season and then came back down to earth a little bit with how we played in the first two games,” he said.

“We had a really good chat before the game at Spotless Stadium and identified how we really wanted to go about the game and we executed that really well.

“D’Arcy set a great platform for us and gave us the best chance of defending that total.”

Mills said that although he hasn’t hit his straps in the Big Bash League so far, he was confident that would turn around as the Hurricanes continue their campaign, starting tomorrow night against and undefeated Adelaide Strikers outfit.

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“I’ve been a bit hit-and-miss. I haven’t bowled anywhere near as well as I would have liked to bowl in the powerplay especially,” he said.

“I’ve always been confident and always bowled well when I come in and bowl at the death.”

“I felt pretty good in the practice games but as we know as soon as you get into the real thing everything is ten times more magnified.

“I’m not too worried, we’re playing around with a few things and where I bowl, but I’ve not come out here to bowl the easy overs, I still want to and need to bowl the big overs alongside Jofra as well.

“I’ve always been confident with my death bowling and nothing has changed there, in the powerplay is where I need to improve personally.”

Having played with fellow international Hurricane Jofra Archer at Sussex, Mills said the 22-year-old’s laid back personality had meant he’s slotted into the group seamlessly.

“We play together back home and he’s fitted into the group really well. He’s away with the fairies sometimes and pushes the schedule – if we need to leave somewhere at a certain time he’ll rock up one minute beforehand,” he laughed.

“But he’s fitted in excellently. He’s got involved with the team culture and being in Tasmania. He’s started really well with both bat and ball so I’m sure he’ll look to continue that.”

The Hurricanes are fresh off a nine-run win over the Sydney Thunder and have named an unchanged squad for tomorrow night’s match at Blundstone Arena. 

Coming off a 56-run win over the Brisbane Heat on New Year’s Eve, the Adelaide Strikers are the form team of the competition, sitting atop the KFC BBL|07 ladder.