Tymal Mills should develop England career at his own pace, says captain Eoin Morgan ahead of T20 clash with Sri Lanka

Tymal Mills

Tymal Mills

England will let speedster Tymal Mills progress his Twenty20 international career at his own pace, according to Eoin Morgan.

Mills could very well unleash his searing pace on Sri Lanka in Tuesday’s one-off T20 clash at the Ageas Bowl, in a keenly-anticipated international debut.

The 23-year-old’s congenital back condition limits his cricket to the sprint format, but England are itching to make whatever use they can out of their one true 90 miles-per-hour-plus strike bowler.

‘I am excited, but at the same time you don’t want to get so excited you put the guy under pressure,’ said Morgan of Mills.

‘It’s quite a relaxed atmosphere within the changing room and we want it to continue like that.
‘Yes, we want to see him play for a long period of time.

But you want to stay relaxed and calm so that he’s in the same frame of mind as you are at the time.
‘I’ve faced him before, and I know exactly what he can do. If he lives up to expectations he’ll be pretty dangerous.’

Mills and Dawid Malan could both be handed their debuts in Tuesday’s clash in Southampton, while Liam Dawson will definitely make his T20 bow with fellow home favourite James Vince also featuring.
England’s limited-overs captain Morgan is keen to see Mills take his pacy exploits to the international stage, but insisted the Sussex player’s fitness must always come first.
‘When you talk about 95 miles an hour it’s absolutely ridiculous, it’s like bowling off 15 yards,’ he said.
‘If you face it coming straight in it’s so difficult. But if you face it after you’ve had a couple of balls you can cope with it a lot better.

‘Having someone in your team you can throw the ball to and someone who can just bowl that quick, that always causes problems and I think Mills is in that category.
‘I’d like to think he can go well now, the management of him has been a big part in his progress.
‘I’d love it if he could bowl like that all the time, it would be great.
‘But the ability to bowl over 90mph doesn’t come pretty easily.’