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Tymal Mills selected in ‘special’ first ever draft with The Hundred's Southern Brave calling on the Mildenhall cricketer

Tymal Mills said being selected in the first ever draft in British sport’s history was a ‘special’ moment to be part of.

Mildenhall cricketer Mills was selected by Southern Brave, one of eight new teams in The Hundred competition, with the inaugural professional cricket tournament, run by the ECB, starting in July 2020.

The left-arm fast bowler, an already established England Twenty20 international, was selected by the team that represents first-class counties Hampshire and Sussex, the latter of which he has also just extended his contract with.

Mildenhall VWitham cricket action.Mildenhall's Tymal Mills.. (19964932)
Mildenhall VWitham cricket action.Mildenhall's Tymal Mills.. (19964932)

“It has been a good month,” the 27-year-old cricketer, who was educated at Mildenhall College Academy, said about securing a £60,000 contract in The Hundred and extending his Sussex contract by a year.

“I just love playing down here and I’m really looking forward to getting to continue playing cricket with Sussex.

“I’ve been involved in drafts around the world before but it is special to be involved in the first in England. It was really excited and all the English players were looking forward to it.

“It was great to watch and really good fun.”

He admitted to a certain amount of relief to hearing his name called, having been told ‘there was interest’ by his agents.

“I had been given a steer that there was interest so I was hoping to get selected,” the bowler who has also turned out for Suffolk in the National Counties – formerly Minor Counties – said.

“But it was a bit of a relief to hear my name read out. Relief and excitement. Southern Braves picked really well overall, we’ve got a good team. They picked five other Sussex players so that’s good.”

He further highlighted his overseas team-mates in batsman David Warner and all rounder Andre Russell as ‘two of the best players in the world’.

The inaugural competition next summer which will see each team bat and bowl 100 balls.