Explosive South African batsman David Miller has said that the team understands that with the retirement of AB De Villiers, the other batsmen will have “big shoes to fill” at the World Cup in England next year. Miller will be one of the key batsmen for the Proteas if they are to win their first World Cup tournament.
"Yes, we have big shoes to fill,” Miller told CricketNext in an interaction from Brisbane. “Actually, I don't think we will be able to fill it, to be honest with you. But at the same time as I said to so many people, someone steps in and we can still win some games. The atmosphere in the dressing room has been extremely extremely good. Life moves on and we got to take the opportunity when it comes."
Having played 112 ODIs and 63 T20s, Miller has been a regular feature in the South African scheme of things in limited overs cricket. However, with an average of under 37 over his 63-match First-Class career, he has never earned a Test call up. Although not 30 yet, Miller has put his Test ambitions on the backburner and in September he announced his decision to quit first-class cricket. When asked about his call, Miller admitted that he was "disappointed" at the way his red-ball career fizzled out.
"I am actually enjoying where my cricket is at with the decision I made, but yes obviously disappointed at the same time," he said.
South Africa had a good outing in Australia, winning the three-match ODI series 2-1. Miller played his part in the series decider in Hobart as he scored a blazing 139 off 108 balls and was part of a mammoth partnership alongside skipper Faf du Plessis.
However, Miller's innings also grabbed eyeballs due to a 'delayed' DRS review which eventually overturned his dismissal when he was given out on 41.
Miller and Du Plessis deliberated for 19 seconds before choosing to go for the review, which is longer than the 15-second window usually permitted by the rules.
"I spoke to Faf about it and he said 'it was close'. Faf opted for the referral before me and the umpire didn't see that and he didn't go upstairs,” he recalled. “When we clarified our position he said 'it's too late' but we told him that Faf has already referred the decision some moments ago.”
The incident left the home side fuming and Glenn Maxwell didn't hesitate to give some lip-service to the southpaw after he survived the review.
"He (Maxwell) said I was lucky,” Miller said. “But obviously I have had some bad decisions in my life. Every cricketer gets good or bad decisions in his career but you have to take it when it comes.”