Tymal Mills bowls during the Big Bash League match  at the MCG
Tymal Mills bowls during the Big Bash League match at the MCG DAVID CROSLING

'Flustered' Mills feels the Heat before BBL match

CRICKET: England pace bowler Tymal Mills won't forget his first appearance at the MCG in a hurry.

It almost didn't eventuate, with the 24-year-old Brisbane Heat import running late getting there due to traffic during Melbourne's busy peak hour traffic, and not having his accreditation with him when he finally did arrive at the stadium.

"With the Aussie Open on, the traffic was terrible,” Mills explained to cricket.com.au.

"Then I didn't have my accreditation on me, so they wouldn't let me in the stadium for a good half an hour.

"I ended up getting in with one of the media guys and walked through the crowd, straight onto the outfield after the warm-ups had started, quickly got my ankle strapped and came out with my gear on.

"This was all about 20 minutes before the first ball was bowled, so not an ideal start to the day.

"I was praying that we'd be batting first so I'd have a bit of time to sort myself out, but then I arrived and got told we were bowling so I was a bit flustered to be honest.

"I managed to get myself ready in time and luckily put in an alright bowling performance.”

Mills finished with a very tidy 1-20 from his four overs as the Heat restricted the Melbourne Stars to a gettable 135 and won by seven wickets.

"It's a good one to tick off the list,” Mills said of his first match at the MCG, in front of 40,000 fans.

"If I'm never to play here again it's nice to have done it, but hopefully I will many more times in the future.”

It may in fact be Mills' last match of BBL|06, with the Heat's two designated overseas players, opening batsman and skipper Brendon McCullum and spinner Samuel Badree, set to return for the last preliminary match against the Melbourne Renegades at the Gabba on Friday.

McCullum has served his one-match suspension, and Badree has overcome a hamstring strain.

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