WA XI v EPP, Tour match, Perth, 2nd day December 11, 2013

Ballance shows form and Mills fires

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WA XI 8 for 319 dec and 6 for 167 (Armstrong 71* Mills 3-6) lead EPP 2 for 220 dec (Robson 108*, Ballance 89*) by 266 runs

England have confirmed they will not draft any more players into their Test squad, but Tymal Mills may have given Andy Flower a few things to consider after a lively burst for the EPP against a Western Australia XI.

Mills, the Essex left-arm quick who was called up to be a net bowler with the main squad at the start of the tour, removed the WA top order in their second innings during a spell of 3 for 6 which reduced the hosts to 4 for 14. Mills wickets all came in an eight-ball at the start of the innings.

Flower, however, will show faith with those in the original squad even though the three tall quicks - Chris Tremlett, Boyd Rankin and Steven Finn - have failed to impress on the tour. England's fast bowlers have not been able to compete for pace with Australia's and Mills is considered the quickest bowler in English cricket.

Of more relevance to England's potential line-up at the WACA was the form of Gary Ballance, the Yorkshire left-hander, who struck 89 having left Adelaide early to allow him to play in this match. The same applied to Jonny Bairstow, but the EPP's declaration meant he did not get an innings.

Ballance had a tough start to the Ashes tour with scores of 0 and 4 in the early tour matches before making an unbeaten 55 against the Chairman's XI in Alice Springs although Ben Stokes was preferred for a Test debut in Adelaide.

Ballance said he would be prepared to come into England's middle order if the call came. "I haven't really thought about that too much," he told BBC Radio Five Live. "I'm just trying to look at this as good preparation. If I do get a chance, I feel I am ready.''

Ballance added 193 with Sam Robson, the Australia-born Middlesex opener, and unlike Ballance, Robson converted into three figures.

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  • Paulo on December 12, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Ballance and Moeen should be in the test squad for the tour of West Indies, a tour for which I would rest KP. Don't think Mills is ready quite yet but I hope he can bowl at our batsmen in the nets to give them practice against pace.

  • Jason on December 12, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Mills is not ready for Test cricket, hopefully this performance will get him more CC games and a few lions games, and if he can prove himself and become more acurate then england might have a true fast bowler in the making.

    Good to see Robson and Ballance in the runs as well.

  • Surath on December 12, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    England needs to call in Mark Alan Butcher, Andrew Flintoff, Matthew James Hoggard, Stephen James Harmison and Alec James Stewart to have a slight chance of beating this pumped up Aussies! Ha ha ha

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    Shame not to have a look at Mills, England are in a real pickle and it is going to take something out of left field to have any chance of pulling this one back. 90 mph is what has taken wickets so far in this series, so if you have someone who can bowl that quick, it makes sense for him to be considered.

  • James on December 12, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    Robson a 100 again. Aussie talent is where it's at.

  • Nicholas on December 11, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    Oh right - so we might see an article: "Fiery Tymal Mills prepares for the mind games in Perth..."

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    I'm so proud that the former Australian and Zimbabwean U19 players are being considered for England!

  • Andrew on December 11, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    Gee whiz, I think Bairstow is getting the raw prawn!

  • Julius on December 11, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    If England really must wrangle in a fresh pair of legs then Just pick Moeen Ali! Someone who's averages 63.50 in county cricket this year, and got 83, 25* and took 5/125 in the last game! You can't really argue with those stats.

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