Tymal Mills made it clear he felt ready to captain Sussex Sharks in the Vitality Blast.

A season with serious input as vice-captain to Ravi Bopara plus years of experience on the county, franchise and international circuits left him feeling ready for the challenge.

A willingness and ability to communicate are clear from his radio and TV work.

If we are honest he was one of the go-to players for us in the local media when we needed an interview after a bad Sussex defeat.

Head coach Paul Farbrace will look to tap into all that after handing over the T20 reigns to his strike bowler.

Now the moments of truth are here – as Sussex look to storm their way back to the business end of the county T20 competition.

What they hope will be a road back to the Finals Day starts at home to Gloucestershire on Friday.

But Mills has been thinking and planning about all this for some time.

He said: “I have been really keen to progress in terms of leadership in the last couple of years with Sussex.

“I was vice-captain last year with Rav at Sussex and I worked really closely with him.

“Farbs and I sat down at the end of last summer and spoke about where I am with regards to my cricket.

“Knowing Rav had left and there was a captaincy vacancy, I was pretty honest with Farbs.

“I said, ‘Look, I want a contract extension and I want to be considered for the captaincy’.

“Obviously, I got both which was great!

“Since that point, I pretty much spent all winter, every game that I played in, thinking about being a captain and what I would do if I was in that situation, to try and prepare myself for doing that this summer.

“It is something I am really excited about.

“It is something I want to do well.

“I want to be a good captain for the club, for myself, for my team-mates.

“I want to try and improve everyone else in the club and give everybody an opportunity to do really well.”

Mills has carved a niche on the global T20 circuit and helped Islamabad United win the Pakistan Super League this winter.

But all the time there were thoughts of how he might react on a Friday night at Hove, Chelmsford or the Oval.

He said: “Whenever I have been in the field playing, I have been questioning things.

“Why is this bowler bowling now and who would I bowl in this scenario?

“When I am watching my team bat, what is the opposition captain doing?

“What field are they setting and so forth?

“I am doing all I can to be ready and I think being in the environments I have been in for the past number of years, all around the world playing T20 cricket with some brilliant captains, some brilliant players, hopefully I have learned a lot.

“Then it is on me to try and put it out there as best as I can.

“It is something I am really looking forward to.”

Mills believes Farbrace has raised standards at Hove since arriving ahead of last season.

He said: “Farbs is someone I have known on and off before he came to Sussex.

“I think one thing that can’t be denied is that, since he has come to the club, we have made positive movements on and off the field.

“We have got new facilities, new changing rooms which have been long overdue.

“Farbs pushed big for that and it is just about raising the whole standard of professionalism.

“There is no doubt the Championship side made a big move forward last year.

“We made really positive strides in T20 as well.

“We had a bit of time working together last year when I was involved with Farbs and Rav in selection and tactics and policy.

“One thing Farbs has said (to Mills and Championship skipper John Simpson) this year is they are our teams and that is an empowering feeling as a captain.

“It is something I am really looking forward to.

“It keeps you as an individual really engaged.

“T20 is a very important part of the club.

“If you have a successful T20 team, it is huge for the club commercially and hopefully with regards to getting into the knockout stages.

“We are hoping to surprise a few people for sure.”