Sussex fast bowler Tymal Mills has been called up in England’s squad for the T20 World Cup.
He replaces former Sussex sailor Reece Topley, who retired with an ankle injury just three days before the start of the season.
Topley twisted his left ankle after standing on a boundary pad and then landing awkwardly during some catching practice ahead of England’s warm-up win over Pakistan in Brisbane on Monday.
Scans confirmed significant ligament damage and the 6ft 7in sailor on his left arm was withdrawn from the squad, with Mills being promoted from his previous status as a traveling reserve.
England also had Richard Gleeson on board but he remains as cover while his Lancashire team-mate Luke Wood was called up to join the reserve group.
Mills, another left-hander who bowls faster than Topley, has not played since Aug. 10 with a toe injury.
England open their campaign against Afghanistan in Perth on Saturday.
If sanctioned by the ICC it would be an unfortunate role reversal, with Mills withdrawn with a hamstring strain during last year’s World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and replaced by Topley.
While Topley wasn’t performing then, he’s becoming an increasingly reliable figure in 2022 after overcoming multiple stress fractures in his back in recent years that threatened to derail his career.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/23061606.england-bring-sussex-star-tymal-mills-t20-world-cup/?ref=rss England bring in Sussex star Tymal Mills for T20 World Cup