Miller added to Protea's squad

2010-05-13 19:15

Johannesburg - Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Thursday the addition of 20-year-old Nashua Dolphins batsman David Miller to the Proteas' limited overs squads for the tour of the West Indies.

The limited overs section of the two consists of two Pro20 International matches and five One-Day Internationals. The two Pro20 matches will be played on Wednesday and Thursday of next week and the first two ODIs on the following Saturday and Monday.

All four these matches will be played at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua.

"Unfortunately Wayne Parnell has not recovered sufficiently from injury for this segment of the tour and we are now targeting for the three-match Test series next month," commented CSA selection convener Andrew Hudson.

"But it does create an opportunity to try out another youngster at international level," he added. "We have specifically opted for Miller because we are looking to strengthen our power-hitting in the middle order. David has impressed in this role for the Nashua Dolphins in both the MTN40 and the Standard Bank Pro20 competitions.

"He had a strike rate of 125 and 133 respectively in these competitions and has also done well for the South Africa A side on their current tour of Bangladesh."

His performances include the highest score in the domestic Pro20 season (90 not out off 52 balls against the Highveld Lions and 115 not out off only 60 balls (a strike rate of almost 200) for South Africa A against Bangladesh A.

Remarkably he averaged 53 in the Pro20 (a remarkable effort by any standards) and 40 in the MTN40.

He is also an outstanding outfielder and his diving catch after sprinting all of 20 metres to dismiss Albie Morkel at SuperSport Park was a pivotal moment in the MTN40 semi-final. He captured a second big fish when he ran out AB de Villiers earlier in the innings.

The other four original selections for the Proteas ODI squad - Hashim Amla, Alviro Petersen, Ryan McLaren and Lonwabo Tsotsobe - will arrive over the weekend.

Amla comes off an outstanding mini-season for Nottinghamshire in the England county championship in which he has scored four half-centuries and one century in six innings (four matches) for an aggregate of 585 runs at an average of 75.

Tsotsobe and Petersen have both been part of the South African A tour of Bangladesh.


  • protea - 2010-05-13 18:35

    finally we get the youngsters like to see colin ingram in the sqaud as well.and hopefly in the future jonathan vandiar, richard levy and rile rossouw can be bred in.we have enough talent in this country we just need to use it.

  • JK - 2010-05-13 18:48

    A step in the right direction but Ingram was the best limited overs player during the last season

  • Kean - 2010-05-13 18:55

    It's amazing how brilliant Amla has become. He's more proof that if you work hard you'll get the rewards. Amla has always looked talented but over the past year or so he's become so classy.

  • Dave Cohen - 2010-05-13 19:00

    Well done Andrew Hudson. At least someone in CSA has identified a young talent and NOT a quota player of mediocre ability.

  • Mike - 2010-05-13 19:03

    I have had the pleasure of meeting David, it could not have happened to a nicer youngster. Now lets see Riley get his chance as well.

  • chrisdup - 2010-05-13 19:09

    Another paid holiday for a youngster ??? Take Rusty Theron for instance, who is probably one of the best T20 bowlers out there currently, but yet, he doesn't even play one game in the T20 World Cup ????

  • Standing at point - 2010-05-13 19:34

    so ah,, is he from england..........

  • Brett - 2010-05-13 20:00

    What about the Dolphins keeper / wrist spinner Brown i think? What about Colin Ingram, Rilee Rossouw or Jacques Rudolph

  • Disa - 2010-05-13 20:12

    Let's see the most consistent performers for the past 2 domestic seasons included - Colin Ingram and Rusty Theron. Drop the players who are there on reputation instead of form.

  • Hennie - 2010-05-13 21:08

    Replace Graeme with Johan Botha in limited overs and with Jacques Rudolf for longer version. The best coach in the country, if not one of the best in the world of cricket, Ray Jennings is being ignored because Graeme knew he would not tolerate his arrogants and would replace him with someone more capable and BMT if necassary

  • Mr x - 2010-05-13 21:08

    Its Miller time!

  • Dean - 2010-05-13 22:18

    I think its time to say goodbye to Graeme Smith, he's needs to GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Semi - 2010-05-13 22:50

    A step in the right direction.Next is Colin Ingram and Rilee Roussouw.Then we will be on the same path as Australia and England,who both field specialist T20 teams.

  • Tommygun - 2010-05-14 01:21

    This will be a good test of our domestic competetions strength. I would not even mention what is acheived against Bangladesh " B "

  • dean b - 2010-05-14 06:59

    i was surprised he was left out of the WT20 could have been i great learing curve.Smith must go no longer asset to team more a problem

  • REALITY - 2010-05-14 07:34

    Well done CSA...Now this is step in the right direction... Good luck Miller

  • peebo - 2010-05-14 07:40

    having always been a Biff backer, I have to relent and admit: - time to go.

  • DC - 2010-05-14 08:08

    CSA's and selectors balls are finally coming out of their gaurd....well done on the selection of David Miller, bring them on...we know they are out there...we dont care if they dont strike it on the first few games...they need the opportunity. lots of players like Kallis had to come in young and find their feet...its only fair these new lads that are going to be selected for the future, make their mark forthe future of the sport..

  • sonnyG - 2010-05-14 08:11

    Do we have a new keeper in the squad? There is no point in persisting with boucher. Honestly there should be a complete overall of the sqaud. I would rather loose with yound players playing with passion than win with the tired bunch we have now.

  • Mark - 2010-05-14 08:13

    Well Done. About time we had some changes and new additions to this dull boring team

  • faithless - 2010-05-14 08:33

    he may be in the squad....but will he play....guess it up to Biff to decide that....perhaps he will get a run when they have lost all the previous cricket in a sorry state....should be choosing at least 5 new players not just 1 to con us into thinking things are changing....botha for captain!!!

  • @brett - 2010-05-14 09:35

    The keeper/spinner for Dolphins is Darren Smit, Brown was the keeper a few seasons earlier I think, but i agree, lets bleed the youngsters in, have a completely different squad for Pro20s, you don't see the same players in the Bok 7s team & the Springboks. Different format, different strategies,differnt teams

  • ES - 2010-05-14 10:10

    Standing at point - No his not from England. His from the Dolphins samme province as Andrew Hudson (convener of selection) comes from. Another bit of favourism.

  • CitizenX - 2010-05-14 10:27

    Can you believe this! After the absolutely dismal display in the T20 champs it was time to get rid of the rot (Smith, Gibbs, Kallis, Boucher, Van Der Merwe, JP) and bring in new players HOWEVER what do they do, they add ONE youngster who (sadly) will not get a game until the series is lost. This proves why our cricket is in such a mess - they are TOTALLY CLUELESS - did they not watch the T20?? WI are on not quite on top of their game either (rebuilding stage) so should we beat them we will have Smith telling everyone how is back on form and should we lose he will have another 100 excuses. Graeme do the honourable thing and step down you and your fat friends no longer have the support of the cricketing public!WAKE UP CSA it is time for change!!!

  • D the M - 2010-05-14 13:02

    Dont think Levy has the technique to succeed at international level, but I think Elgar is a real talent, especially in test cricket. Bring on all the left handers, Elgar, Miller, Rossouw and Ingram!

  • Jim Beam - 2010-05-15 09:06

    Once again we have shot ourselbves in the foot before we have even had a chance to digest the extent of the latest failure by the weak minded and wobbly kneed Proteas. Out of all that has been said ( fresh faces, new blood etc etc etc ) we have managed to suck one player out of our domestic game and send him off on a tour on which the chances are he will not be selected. This exercise is not about whom we select but who we decide to drop. Who do we single out and tell that what you produced in this tournament is simply not good enough and on that basis you have not been considered for selection. Who do we tell that you are playing in a comfort zone and that is no longer acceptable, and to who are we going to say you are simply no longer good enough to play at this level or in this format of the game, and to whom are we going to say that selection is no longer your right I mean there are enough candidates anyone of Smith , Gibbs , Kallis , Boucher, De Villiers, Morkel or a vastly over rated Van Der Merwe are quite clearly not performing in this format of the game and have clearly shown a total lack of temprament at 20/20 and if we go back to the England tour in other forms of the game as well. They continue to play as if participation is there right and that selection is owed to them. The astonishing lack of proffesionalism remain breathtaking( we did not gel as a side, we were not good enough etc etc etc). And the best we can do is summons one youngster form home and send him into a situation where the laager has already been formed and the donkeys are in there protecting themselves. We seem to be terrified to send a side on to the field without Jaque Kallis in it - absolutely terrified and when we did have the guts to drop him he threw an embarrasing hissy fit for which he was rewared with reselection. The entire world including England ( of all sides to have to be lectured by) and the Indian journalists have quite vocally indicated that a run a ball is simply not good enough grounds for selection for this version of the game and that is all Kallis has ever been able to achieve at this level or any other for that matter. But the one thing we have succeeded in quite admirrably is the level of predictability with which we choose sides and play the game. Mickey Arthur started it with his consistency in selection or jobs for life programme whatever you would like to call it and that remains about the only area in which Mr Majola and his band of merry players and administrators has succeeded in. But our chief motivation remains to make sure that we do not offend or upset anyone and on that basis we have managed to identify only one new player for that side. Chances are the same players will play against the Windies ( themselves a second division outfit ) and with time we will forget about the apalling failure and carry on as if nothing is wrong. Predictability has been the hallmark of this side and this administration and that will not change they just do not have the b***s or the creativity to face up to reality and we will remain a run a ball outfit hoping at best that our oppsition batting is slower than ours.

  • Trevor - 2010-05-24 23:08

    What is Smith still doing in the limited over side? How many pathetic performances must he still deliver before he is dropped?

  • Over it - 2010-06-15 18:00

    Its amazing the Warriors win both the short version trophies this last season and there 2 best players Colin Ingram and Rusty Theron should be starting in ths SA lineup but noooooo... lets play the same old same old. Because we are too afraid to upset the "core" applecart of Sa players who rest on there lorrels. Australia pick some youngsters after a hand full of games after talent has been identified not SA( besides miller) who I agree with. This core group of Sa players barring 5-6 of them have had a good ride . Time for a fresh crop to have a go.

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