England has been performing admirably in the ongoing T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. They have won all four of their games so far and are almost certain to advance to the semi-finals. However, they have been given a major blow, as left-arm pacer Tymal Mills has been ruled out of the tournament due to a thigh issue. Reece Topley, a travelling reserve left-arm pacer, has been added to the squad.

Mills played in each of England’s four matches at the competition and performed admirably. In virtually every game, he took seven wickets and was put into the attack by skipper Eoin Morgan after the 10th over. He was pricey at times, but he also picked wickets, with an economy rate of 8. In a press release, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) revealed that he had been ruled out. “Mills suffered the injury when bowling in Monday’s T20 World Cup Super 12s match in Sharjah against Sri Lanka. The magnitude of the injuries was disclosed by the scan results on Tuesday night, according to the announcement.

With Reece Topley having travelled as a reserve, England management must have a good notion of how he bowls in the nets. He’s a like-for-like replacement for Tymal Mills, and it’ll be interesting to see whether Morgan decides to play him right away. A left-arm seamer adds variation to the assault, and it’s not surprising that Topley will play against South Africa in England’s last league match.

Three additional pacers have been added to England’s squad. David Willey, a left-arm pacer, is one of them, and he might get a chance. Mark Wood and Tom Curran are the other two bowlers who have been hampered by injuries during the tournament.