South African destructive limited overs specialist David Miller has said that he will skip his first-class career at least until the conclusion of next year’s all-important prestigious ICC Cricket World Cup.
He badly wants to win the biggest tournament in the cricket’s history for his country.
“It was a tough decision to make,” Miller said. “I have always loved playing red ball cricket but I have decided that I would, in future, like to concentrate on white ball cricket to make sure that I am in a position to give myself the best opportunity to play for the Proteas in the format that I love. This is an important decision for me, especially with the World Cup looming next year. I will also be available to play for the Dolphins in all limited-overs competitions and will give it my all to help them win trophies this season.”
Miller is playing first-class cricket for more than a decade now and as of now he has an ordinary average of 36 with around 3000 plus runs under his belt. He had a very productive first-class outing just a couple of years ago. The southpaw is just 29 years old right now with a well-shaped strong physique, if he has decided to focus only on limited overs cricket, then one can assume he has got at least 4 to 5 good years ahead of him to prove himself.
“It is disappointing to lose David from our pool of potential Test players. At the age of 29 he still has many years of good cricket left in him in all formats but at the same time, we have to understand that he wants to throw his full weight into helping the Proteas to win the ICC World Cup. He has time on his hands to resume his first-class career in due course and I sincerely hope that we have not seen the last of him in red ball cricket where he has shown his undeniable talents in the past,” Cricket South Africa Chief Executive Thabang Moroe said.
But as of now, Miller is all about ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England. He is living for the dream of Proteas and his limited overs numbers don’t lie. After playing 109 ODI matches, he still has a 100 plus strike rate. He is one of the most destructive batsmen in limited overs format when it comes to slogging overs. He has scored 4 tons and 11 half tons so far in ODI career.