Tymal Mills says he still considers Jack Brooks a good friend and has accepted his apology for using racist language.

Brooks has been officially reprimanded by Somerset.

It included sending an inappropriate message to Mills, the current Sussex fast bowler.

In a statement released through Sussex, Mills said: “In relation to the social media post from 2012 from Jack Brooks, I feel compelled to comment given how prominent issues such as this are currently.

“Jack and I have spoken about it and I know how much he regrets having used the language he did.

“I believe it is right that both as a sport and as a society, we must go through a thorough process of reflection and introspection regarding the language we use towards each other and how we treat each other.

“Jack has apologised to me profusely and sincerely which I have accepted and I still consider him to be a good friend.

“I consider this matter to be closed and do not wish to comment on it any further.”