Dynamic roles for AB, Miller

2014-03-07 20:02

Johannesburg - A flexible approach to the T20 internationals and utilising the phenomenal hitting power of AB de Villiers and David Miller by employing them at No 3 and four are some of the adjustments requested by former South African players for the forthcoming series against Australia.

Paul Harris, a former South African left-arm spinner, joined Herschelle Gibbs, a former South African opener, in suggesting that De Villiers should bat at No 3 in the T20 Internationals against Australia which starts on Sunday at Axxess St George’s.

Harris said De Villiers is South Africa’s finest batsman and should be used up the order where he can face the most of the deliveries.

He added that Miller should be sent in to face six or seven overs instead of using him with only about ten balls to spare.

“If David has already scored 40 runs, and there are still three overs to go, imagine what havoc he can cause. He can possibly score 50 in those final three overs.

“But we have a dynamic young captain in Faf du Plessis and suspect that’s exactly what he shall do. He will be flexible, and possibly employ David up the order if the situation dictates it,” he added.

Piet Botha, a former South African A player and current coach of the Chevrolet Warriors, said he will use De Villiers in the top-four.

He also said South Africa should not have a fixed order, but should be flexible enough to send Miller in earlier in order to accelerate the run-rate.

Miller slammed a phenomenal 101 off 38 balls for the Kings X1 Punjab against the Royal Challengers Bangalore during the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League.

He also hammered 93 off only 37 deliveries during the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge semifinal playoffs against The Unlimited Titans while batting for the Sunfoil Dolphins.

Harris warned that the Australians boast the presence of some extraordinary hitters like George Bailey, Aaron Finch and Shane Watson as well as Cameron White, which can do early damage.

Therefore it is vital that South Africa get off to a rollicking start in the first six overs and don't lose more than two wickets in the first power play, added Harris.


  • Hero-Gorha Madikizela - 2014-03-07 20:26

    Their train of thought is good, but what if they both lose their wickets early, which means we will have Faf followed by JP...mmmh that's scary. I think the current line up (De Kock, Amla, Faf, AB, JP, Miller, Albie) is ok. De Kock does accelarate the run-rate upfront & Amla's strike rate is 121.36 which is not bad...

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-07 21:56

      This is a consistent theme in the IPL - AB must bat higher. Jackers says it every single game and there are others who join the chorus. Yet AB's IPL coach Ray Jennings of RCB - yes, THAT Ray Jennings, the "best coach ever in the world and the only person who knows what the Proteas need" Ray Jennings - resolutely played him at five. It seems that everybody in the world reckons AB must bat higher (perhaps even opening) except the people who actually coach the teams that AB plays for. So either AB is coached by idiots or his coaches know something that commentators from the outside don't. I'm not sure which of the two to believe.

      Hero-Gorha Madikizela - 2014-03-07 22:58

      @ Barnes, I think at RCB he bats at 5 because they have a strong top order in Gayle & Kholi, so it makes some sense to have him finish the innings.

  • ejaazh - 2014-03-07 21:02

    Qdk, Hash, AB, Faf, Miller, Duminy, Albie Morkel, Mclaren, Steyn, Morkel, Tsotsobe

  • Mthunzi Phakathi - 2014-03-08 07:32

    david is really being wasted that far down the order, personally i feel that he is our biggest power hitter. i also wonder why he isnt given a chance in the tests.

  • Alison Bains - 2014-03-08 13:21

    The heading of this article give the impression that it is how Miller and AB is going to be used in the T20. Hen u read it u find it is just speculation from former players.

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