MILDENHALL’S left-arm seamer Tymal Mills is determined to impress at a national level after being included in the England Lions 16-man squad for their tour of Bangladesh.
The squad, which is classed as the second-tier of international English cricket below the full England team, will travel to South Asia next month and take part in a five one-day series against Bangladesh A followed by a two match Twenty20 series against the same opponents.
The Yorkshire-born 19-year-old’s inclusion in the squad has come of a surprise to some after only making his County Championship debut in the summer and going on to play just four first class games for Essex.
However, despite this, Mills who was selected while on the England Performance Programme and has spent part of the winter training at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough, is determined to make an impression and reinforce his inclusion.
“Despite having a slight indication after being at the training camp, I am of course still really proud of the call up and it is another chapter to earmark in a relatively short space of time,” he said.
“I’m hopeful of making an impact in the squad because there are not a lot of left arm bowlers about and there could be a gap in the market for me.
“Now the team has been selected all I want to do is play on the tour, do well and try and impress.”
The Lions squad is largely intended as a way for promising young cricketers to gain experience of playing international cricket and speaking to the Press Association earlier this week, ECB performance director David Parsons confirmed the squad had been chosen with a focus on the ICC World Cup in 2015.
“We have selected a young squad for this tour which is in line with our strategy of looking ahead to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and identifying and working with players who may be able to go on and play a role for England in the future,” he said,
“These players have worked extremely hard over the last couple of months with a strong focus on limited overs cricket.
“This tour presents a good opportunity for these players to continue to develop their skills in sub-continent conditions on what will no doubt be a challenging tour of Bangladesh as well as pushing for selection for future England squads.”