Mills' haul boosts IPL bid
Black Caps swing bowler Kyle Mills may have pushed up his price for the second Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket auction tomorrow night.
Mills, 28, was instrumental in New Zealand's thumping 189-run test win yesterday, making a mess of England's top order by taking the first four wickets in only 25 balls for two runs. He is likely to be one of the sought-after New Zealand players when a second bidding round is staged in Mumbai as more players are sought for the IPL series in India next month.
Though his match-defining haul and ability with the bat appeared key selling points, Mills was playing coy when the subject was broached yesterday.
"Is it timely? Some might say that," he said. "I don't know anything about it, apart from that the auction is on."
His latest performance against England was impressive, but he already would have been in contention for the IPL as a leading one-day bowler.
However, Mills was more content to focus on New Zealand's victory in Hamilton -- with the Black Caps leading from almost start to finish.
"It's just fantastic to get one up on the Poms. I'm just enjoying the moment," he said yesterday. "The idea was to bowl maidens and create pressure with the new ball, then hope the older one would start reversing. But we thought we might only get one or two wickets with the new ball."
He said the clash had "exceeded all expectations".
"We got on top of them early, and took the game right away from them."
Mills's final figures of four for 16 from 13 overs were his career-best from 10 matches.
Mills said he believed England would have shown more steel -- but when he captured the prize scalp of Kevin Pietersen, he knew the visitors were in trouble.