David Miller has left the Knights and rejoined the Dolphins ahead of the new domestic season.
The Proteas big-hitter will return to the franchise following two seasons in Bloemfontein for the Knights.
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‘My two seasons with the Knights were great and they were just what my career needed,’ Miller told the Dolphins’ official website.
‘My time there challenged me in different areas but it was quite an easy decision for me to come back to Durban.
‘I do a lot of travelling as it is and so the travel between Durban and Bloemfontein became an issue and I am happy to be back where it started for me.’
The Dolphins shared the One-Day Cup while they were runners-up in the T20 Challenge and the return of Miller, who hit the fastest T20I ton in October last year against Bangladesh, will look to bolster the their chances of a trophy-winning season.
‘The Dolphins had a good season in white ball cricket last year and they are building something special and I am looking forward to adding to that this season.
‘I have heard a lot of good things about Morgs [ Dolphins coach Grant Morgan] and his passion for the game and his work ethic beyond training and matches, it is exciting,’ the 28-year-old added.
Miller started his professional career with the KwaZulu-Natal franchise once he left school at Maritzburg College. He followed this with his first-class debut for the franchise in 2008.
He then made his national debut in 2010 and racked up 105 ODIs as well as 60 T20I caps. He’s also played 200 List-A matches and 63 first-class games.
Miller revealed that his similarity with the players in the side will help him ease into his role.
‘I have played with a lot of the guys from about 11 or 12 years old so it’s not about rejoining the team, it’s about being reuniting with mates!
‘Coming back is the next step in my career and I hope that I can help the Dolphins to more success in the future,’ he added.
CEO of KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Heinrich Strydom gave his opinion about Miller’s return to his home city.
‘Dave’s ability to win games at international level will be crucial for the Dolphins in the next season,’ he said.
‘Having a team man like Dave in our ranks will only make the team stronger and with his experience, we are sure that he can pass on his knowledge to the younger players in the squad.
‘We hope that the Dolphins fans are as excited as we are for Dave’s return home.’
Miller will also participate in the Canada T20 League where he will represent the Winnipeg Hawks. The competition takes place from 28 June to 15 July.
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