• ‘Important to look after mental state’

    Batsman David Miller has enjoyed a two-month break away from competitive cricket and is looking forward to returning for the Durban Heat in the Mzansi Super League.

    Miller’s career was extended with a stint for the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League prior to the Proteas’ World Cup campaign and T20I series against India earlier this year.

    ‘I have taken some time off over the last couple of months. I have been in the Kruger National Park recently to just get away from the demands of the game,’ said Miller.

    ‘It’s really important to look after your mental state during your career and it is something that moving forward I am going to pay a lot more attention to.

    ‘Cricket is a sport that so much can go against you that you need to have time to reflect. Hopefully I still have a lot of years left playing cricket, but I want to make sure that I look after myself mentally.’

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    The hard-hitting left-hander managed a mere 109 runs in eight innings at an average of 15.57 in the 2018 MSL. He was retained by the Heat, regardless, and is eager to right the wrongs of yesteryear.

    ‘As you move on in your career the people you play against work you out. So, it is important that you as a player keep adapting and adding to your own game. This is something that I am aware of and I am working on it,’ he added.

    ‘Also the mental shift of being open to being adaptable is important and that helps when you are concentrating on improving your weaknesses.’

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