• Miller ponders attempt at Test berth

    Batsman David Miller has suggested ‘there may still be hope’ for a berth in the Proteas Test XI.

    Miller has collected 132 ODIs and 78 T20Is since debuting in international cricket in 2010, but has never been in the Test XI. He has not played first-class cricket since 2018.

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    ‘I’ve never been one to rush into decisions, so when I made the decision to stop playing first-class cricket, I had thought about it for a long time. I knew I didn’t start well in my first-class career and that had pushed me to the back of the pecking order, which was fair enough,’ Miller told ESPNcricinfo.

    ‘I also knew I couldn’t pick and choose between T20 and first class, so that’s when I made the decision. But things can change and there may still be hope. I might have to have a discussion with Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher and it could be a possibility.

    ‘I absolutely love red-ball cricket. I still love watching Test cricket and I always wanted to play Tests. That was my goal growing up. And after my start, I found that in the last few years of my first-class career, I was scoring heaps and I was really enjoying it. I think I got better as I got older. I was building my innings better.’

    David Miller

    Miller, meanwhile, is working under new head coach Mark Boucher. The former wicketkeeper-batsman was with the Titans before succeeding ex-Proteas head coach Ottis Gibson after last year’s World Cup.

    ‘It makes a big difference having Mark around. He has taught us that the game is always evolving. He is so experienced and has played for so long, and him and I have had similar roles in the middle order, so I can pick his brain. He is honest and open, but he is also cut-throat, which you want as a player. There’s no beating around the bush. You know exactly where you stand,’ added Miller.

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