Hobart Hurricanes international signing Tymal Mills has touched down in Tasmania ahead of BBL|07.
The 25-year-old quick said he was looking forward to getting a more regular taste of Big Bash cricket this season, after playing two games for the Brisbane Heat in in BBL|06.
“I only joined the Heat last year on a short-term basis. They had an injury and I was playing over in New Zealand so they flew me over for two games,” Mills told media this morning.
“It was really good to get a taste of it, I loved it so I was keen to come back in any capacity.
“As soon as my agent said that the Hurricanes were keen for me to come over it was pretty straightforward in doing the deal and I’m really happy to get a two-year deal.”
The Englishman will be a key cog in the Hurricanes bowling line up this season, identifying his pace and aggression as his main weapons.
“The Hurricanes have identified that powerplay and death bowling were areas they needed to improve and that’s why they’ve signed myself, Tom Curran initially and now Jofra,” Mills said.
“I know that’s why I’m here, I’m not shy about that. I’ve been signed here to bowl the important overs and I like doing that for every team I play in.”
Mills’ experience playing with or against the current Hurricanes squad is limited, having played only with or against two members of the BBL|07 squad.
“I’ve played with George Bailey at Sussex a couple of seasons ago and I’ve played against Dan Christian (in county cricket) a few times as well, but apart from that I don’t know too many of the lads,” he said.
“But if you’re a good bloke and have a good time you’ll fit in anywhere.”
Mills has also watched Hobart’s newest international signing Jofra Archer up close, with the pair playing for Sussex in the County Championship.
“Jofra is probably a bit more unknown than most but he’s done very well in the cricket he’s played so far so I’m sure he’ll do really well,” Mills said.
“A lot of the batters in the Big Bash won’t have faced him so they’ll need to have a look at him which is always nice as a bowler.
“He’s a good fielder, he can bowl good pace and he whacks a few at the end of an innings as well so he brings an all-round dimension to the team.
“I sat down with Nick Cummins yesterday and he said they wanted some bowlers with pace and aggression and that can defend a score at the death. Jof can certainly do that.”
“He’s been doing it for Sussex in the games he’s played so far, so I’m sure he’ll continue to do that here.”
The Hurricanes will commence their warm up games next week, playing the Sydney Sixers in Wollongong before taking on the Melbourne Stars in Traralgon.