T20 World Cup 2021: England name Tymal Mills in preliminary squad

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Mills played last for England in 2016.

England has named Tymal Mills, a fast bowler from Sussex, in its preliminary T20 World Cup squad.

Chris Silverwood, head coach, has selected a preliminary 15-man squad for the forthcoming World Cup in Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

The tournament will run from 17 October through 14 November, with England taking on the West Indies as world champions on 23 October.

Mills, 29 years old, returns to the international setup for the first time since February 2016.

The left-arm fastbower impressed in the Vitality T20 Blast this Summer, where he helped Sussex reach Finals Day, Edgbaston, later this month.

He was also a star at The Hundred, where he helped Southern Brave win the inaugural men's title.

Silverwood stated that Tymal Mills is deserving of his inclusion. He has shown over the past few years, but especially this summer, that he has all the skills necessary to succeed at this level.

His exceptional speed is a highlight, and his leadership of Southern Brave and Sussex's respective short-form games has demonstrated that he enjoys the challenges of the big stage. We are excited to have him in our bowling team and to see him compete in major international tournaments.

Ben Stokes, an all-rounder, was not available as he continues to take an "indefinite" break from cricket for his mental health.

England has until October 10th to finalize their squad. Stokes will be included as soon as possible.

England, currently the highest-ranked T20 team in the world, will play four warm up matches before the T20 World Cup. This includes a T20I series against Pakistan at Rawalpindi International Stadium from 14-15 October.

England preliminary ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Squad

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) Captain

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)

Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire).

Sam Billings (Kent)

Jos Buttler (Lancashire)

Sam Curran (Surrey)

Chris Jordan (Sussex).

Liam Livingstone (Lancashire).

Dawid Malan (Yorkshire)

Tymal Mills (Sussex)

Adil Rashid (Yorkshire).

Jason Roy (Surrey).

David Willey (Yorkshire).

Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

Mark Wood (Durham)

Travelling Reserves

Tom Curran (Surrey)

Liam Dawson (Hampshire).

James Vince (Hampshire).

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This is a preliminary squad that must be finalized in four weeks. Stokes is the most prominent absentee.

There is yet to be an indication of whether he will make himself available to select the Ashes squad, which will be announced at the close of the month.

Mills is back after a five year absence, during which he gained a lot of international experience.

This summer, he bowled with great speed and innovation in The Hundred and T20 Blast.

England will still be warming up for the World Cup, despite the crisis in the region. They will play two matches in Pakistan on 14 October and 15 Oct.