SA in Sri Lanka

Miller aims to keep cool

2014-07-08 22:00
David Miller (AFP)

Kandy - The Proteas have vowed to guard against complacency ahead of the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Kandy on Wednesday.

The Proteas' incumbent "finisher", David Miller, says being one-nil up in the series is a confidence booster, but the squad will need to start afresh in their bid for South Africa's first series win in Sri Lanka.

 
"We spoke about that in the team meeting," Miller said of Sri Lanka's threat on Tuesday afternoon.

"With it being a three-match series they will definitely come back stronger, that's the way cricket goes.

"We know that bad days happen but it's how you come back that you build your character on.

"We know that they are going to come hard at us but we are ready for that.

"We are starting over as a team and will be keeping it simple and to the basics."  
 
Miller top-scored with an unbeaten 85 in the Proteas' only win of the series here last year, and says adapting to conditions quickly will be important, especially when playing under lights.
 
"It was a good game here last year looking back at things," Miller said of the Proteas' 56-run win.

"We did the right things, we gave ourselves a chance at the end after putting the runs on the board and we managed to bowl them out.
 
"We will have to assess conditions once we get here," he continued.

"It does skid on at night like we saw last year but we will see what happens at the toss to determine what we will be faced with.

"The guys are more focused on their preparations leading up to the match, and we need to be mentally up for any challenge be it batting or bowling first."

The left-hander says he has embraced the high pressure that comes with his role at the end of the innings.
 
"I'm really enjoying it," he said of his role as a finisher.

"It's an opportunity for me to showcase my skills.

"I'm learning as much as I can and trying to improve where I can."  

Read more on:    proteas  |  sa in sl  |  david miller  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

10 facts about swimming you didn't know

This will make you want to jump right into the pool.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Snors with a cause - creating awareness of male health
Inspiring: Rock climbing with just one leg
Watch! Skateboarders racing cyclists
Exciting new zipline for Cape Town!
Fixtures
05 November 2014
Australia v South Africa, Adelaide Oval 10:35
07 November 2014
Australia v South Africa, Melbourne Cricket Ground 10:35
09 November 2014
Australia v South Africa, Sydney 10:35
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

Which cricketer is currently of most value to the Proteas' Test team?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.