ICC World Twenty20

Klusener: Miller wins matches

2014-03-18 21:39
David Miller (AFP)
Durban - Dolphins coach Lance Klusener believes that AB de Villiers and David Miller are South Africa’s best T20-hitters and therefore De Villiers should bat at No 3 and Miller as soon as possible after the power play.

According to the supersport.com website, Klusener says that because there is generally not much seam movement in Bangladesh during the power play overs, you might introduce your power hitters early.

"The most boundaries will be hit during the power play while the ball is hard and the seam bowlers are in operation.

"In the latter part of the innings when the seam bowlers are back on, there will be another flurry of boundaries," he said.

"The best ploy would be to use your hard hitters early, and then shuffle your batting order to introduce your best players of spin in the middle overs when the slow bowlers will be used," said Klusener.

Klusener said he would definitely use De Villiers, South Africa’s finest batsman, at No 3 so that he can face the bulk of the deliveries.

He will use Miller at four or five, but not at No 6, where he would be a waste.

"David can win you games if you introduce him earlier," he said.

De Villiers was introduced at No 5 in the third T20-international against Australia at SuperSport Park in Centurion, while Miller walked in at No 6. The batting approach by the South African brain trusts had a few analysts baffled.

Klusener used Miller in the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge at No 4 or five.

The destructive left-hander repaid the faith in him by smashing 93 off 37 balls in the semifinals against the Titans.

South Africa’s first match at the T20 World Cup is against Sri Lanka on Saturday.


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