• Miller recognises ‘stepping stone to World Cup’

    Batsman David Miller will navigate a challenging change from ODI to T20 cricket this week.

    Miller was part of South Africa’s squad for the recent ODI series against Pakistan – and has been named in the collective for this month’s three T20Is against the same opposition.

    With the World Cup in the United Kingdom scheduled for later this year, Miller has another opportunity to push for selection.

    ‘It’s a different format, but every format you play for South Africa you do have an opportunity if you really excel to put up your hand in that sense. It is around the corner to the World Cup, so I don’t see why not, if someone does extremely well,’ said Miller.

    ‘Saying that, there have been a lot of guys getting chances over the last 18 months. It’s definitely a good stepping stone for the World Cup.’

    Uncapped fast bowler Lutho Sipamla has been included in the T20I squad, too. His selection was based largely on impressive performances for the Tshwane Spartans in late last year’s inaugural Mzansi Super League.

    ‘T20, globally, there are a lot of contracts around the world now. So as a youngster, if you do well in the international arena, it gives you the opportunity for other formats in South Africa, but also abroad as well. It creates a lot of opportunity,’ added Miller.

    The first T20I will be played at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday.

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