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South Africa turn to Miller for revival

South Africa turn to Miller for revival

Young David Miller was included in the South African side to boost their batting.

New Delhi: Speaking from the team's base in St John's Antigua, South Africa coach Corrie Van Zyl felt the South Africa's tour of the West Indies was largely one of revival planning than a salvaging operation.

Andrew Hudson, the team's new convener of selectors, a decision had been made to include David Miller to the two limited overs squads for the West Indies tour.

The limited overs section of the two consists of two Pro20 International matches and five One-Day Internationals. The Two Pro20 matches will be played on Wednesday and Thursday of next week and the first two ODIs on the following Saturday and Monday.

All four these matches will be played at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua.

"Unfortunately Wayne Parnell has not recovered sufficiently from injury for this segment of the tour and we are now targeting for the three-match Test series next month," commented CSA selection convener Andrew Hudson.

"But it does create an opportunity to try out another youngster at international level," he added.

"We have specifically opted for Miller because we are looking to strengthen our power-hitting in the middle order. David has impressed in this role for the Nashua Dolphins in both the MTN40 and the Standard Bank Pro20 competitions.

"He had a strike rate of 125 and 133 respectively in these competitions and has also done well for the South Africa A side on their current tour of Bangladesh."

His performances include the highest score in the domestic Pro20 season (90 not out off 52 balls against the Bizhub Highveld Lions and 115 not out off only 60 balls (a strike rate of almost 200) for South Africa A against Bangladesh A.

Remarkably he averaged 53 in the Pro20 (a remarkable effort by any standards) and 40 in the MTN40.

He is also an outstanding outfielder and his diving catch after sprinting all of 20 metres to dismiss Albie Morkel at SuperSport Park was a pivotal moment in the MTN40 semi-final. He captured a second big fish when he ran out AB de Villiers earlier in the innings.

Miller is only expected to arrive in the Caribbean in the middle of next week.

The other four original selections for the Proteas ODI squad – Hashim Amla, Alviro Petersen, Ryan McLaren and Lonwabo Tsotsobe – will arrive over the weekend.

Amla comes off an outstanding mini-season for Nottinghamshire in the England county championship in which he has scored four half-centuries and one century in six innings (four matches) for an aggregate of 585 runs at an average of 75.

That includes 60 boundaries (59 fours and a six) for an impressive strike rate for first-class cricket of 64.

He has played no small part in guiding Nottinghamshire to the top of the division one table as they have won all four matches in which he has played.

Tsotsobe and Petersen have both been part of the South African A tour of Bangladesh.