The Scorchers announced that Mills, who was part of England’s T20 World Cup squad, had pulled out of the tournament due to a family emergency.
“Home for Christmas after the most horrible 11 days,” Mills posted on Instagram. “When we were about to leave for Australia at the airport, our daughter suffered an injury which eventually turned out to be a stroke.
“She lost full use of the left side of her body and was told they cannot predict how much she will regain.
“Despite all the challenges she faced, our little girl has surprised everyone with her recovery, where we were discharged with her jumping and walking out of the hospital.
“She has had a lot of rehab, medicines and further scans, but we are very grateful to be where we are now.
“Thank you to everyone who reached out to us. Keep your loved ones close.”
They had to overhaul their overseas signings after all three players brought in from the draft were unavailable. Along with Mills, Phil Salt was injured during the ODI series against Australia and Laurie Evans’ contract was terminated after failing a dope test.
Faf du Plessis, Adam Lyth and Stephen Esquinazi and are currently part of the squad.