A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Kyle Mills sees bright future ahead for New Zealand cricket

Mills believes the pitches in Sri Lanka have something in them for pace bowlers as well as spinners

With New Zealand continuing their free-fall towards the bottom of the rankings, many people believe it will take a miracle for them to recover, but pace bowler Kyle Mills feels that the current group of talented youngsters will lead New Zealand towards a brighter future.

Mills expects to see a momentum shift from the New Zealand team during the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

“I’m a firm believer in the fact that cricket is a big momentum game… If you have momentum on your side, then you can sort of work with that throughout the tournament,” Mills said.

Talking about the team’s performance in the recent Test series against India, Mills said: “I think, it as an exciting time for New Zealand cricket. Especially with a young bowling group who have put in some fine performances in the recent past. The first Test was a big switch from the usual New Zealand kind of play and even some of the Indian cricketers will acknowledge that.”

Before the start of the ICC World Twenty20, Mills also talked about how he noticed the change in the pitches in Sri Lanka by playing in the inaugural edition of the Sri Lanka Premier League.

“The wickets in Sri Lanka have changed a lot… Newer grounds have come up and now there’s seam movement… Particularly, at Pallekele. There’s very encouraging movement there, which suits our style of play,” he said.

Mills also believes that the change in tradition spin-friendly pitches will be extremely surprising for all teams during the Twenty20 tournament.

“I have not come across a wicket like Pallekele in the subcontinent. In Premadasa, during the day it was pretty flat but when the lights came out, it swung around a lot for the seamers. People will have to adapt pretty quickly to those situations,” Mills added.

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