Tymal Mills made his England debut last year    Getty Images
Tymal Mills made his England debut last year Getty Images

English Twenty20 international pace bowler Tymal Mills has replaced injured West Indian leg-spinner Samuel Badree in the Brisbane Heat squad for Australia’s Big Bash League, the club said on Friday. Mills, 24, will make his BBL debut on Wednesday at the Gabba against the Perth Scorchers and will play again against the Melbourne Stars on January 17. The Sussex left-armer replaces Badree, who injured his hamstring in the Heat’s loss to the Sydney Sixers this week. Mills made his English T20 debut last year and will use his stint with the Heat to build momentum for England’s T20 series in India at the end of the month.

Badree along with former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCulum was the two overseas players for the franchise. Dadree failed to pick up a single wicket until the fourth match of the previous season, but made up for it by snsistent performances after that including the match-winning 5 for 22 against Melbourne Stars at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Heat failed to click early in the season, losing their first four matches, but Badree along with Chris Lynn resurrected their season, but finished sixth in the table despite winning three out of their last four matches.

McCullum was originally to return to Gabba last summer, but his international commitments kept him rather busy. McCullum has now retired from international cricket and Brisbane Heat will now have him for the entire season.