Kyle Mills has left his mark on not only the BLACKCAPS, but on the international scene with his precise and deadly form with the ball.
He has previously held the number one spot for ODI Bowling after his amazing performances at the Champions Trophy in September 2009.
Kyle made his ODI debut for the BLACKCAPS against Pakistan in 2001. His Test debut came later against England in 2004 at Nottingham and his Twenty20 debut in 2005 against Australia in Auckland. Kyle says the highlight of his career to date is participating in Test cricket, which he describes as the ultimate form of the game and he says playing against the English in Test cricket is an amazing experience.
Kyle was inspired by watching the likes of Sir Richard Hadlee and Martin Crowe during the 1980s and 90s and so he gathered as much knowledge about cricket as possible. He says to be successful in the game its important to connect yourself with a club and build relationships with the senior players. He even suggests heading down to senior practices and to push yourself outside your comfort zone.
Mills most recently played against England in the ANZ ODI series in New Zealand, where he proved himself fit and bowling well. In return he has been selected for the ODI squad to tour England and the ICC Champions Trophy later this year.
Quick fire questions
1. What do you get up to when you’re not playing cricket?
“I enjoy spending time with my wife and a bit of horse racing.”
2. What’s your secret talent?
“I’m pretty good at picking Melbourne cup winners! It all comes down to research.”
3. What would you like to say to the BLACKCAPS supporters?
“We really appreciate the support and it doesn’t go unnoticed. We love hearing the crowds cheering.”