Mills signs Suffolk deal

BACK TO HIS ROOTS: Tymal Mills
BACK TO HIS ROOTS: Tymal Mills

England international Tymal Mills is set to return to his roots after signing a short-term deal to play for Suffolk in Minor Counties cricket this summer.

The left-arm bowler, who only plays the Twenty/20 format of the game because of a congenital back condition, has taken the decision after he went unsold at the recent Indian Premier League auction.

Twelve months ago the Brandon-raised 25-year-old hit the headlines when he was signed for a record £1.4m by Royal Challengers Bangalore.

However, since then his form has dipped, leading to Mills being dropped by the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League and subsequently England.

Mills — a former Mildenhall and Tuddenham player — is expected to play in a three matches for Suffolk as he bids to find some match sharpness, starting with the clash against Norfolk at Woolpit CC on May 6.

Suffolk coach Andy Northcote said: “Without doubt this is a massive catch for us, as he is arguably one of the best in the country, and the fact that he is a Suffolk boy, makes it special.

“He comes to a side that has been building for two seasons, and interestingly with the new format and T20 competition, we could find ourselves strong contenders in progressing from the group.”

Mills has made a handful of previous appearances for Suffolk, the last of which came five years ago.