Cape Town - Next year’s ICC World Twenty20 will be playing on the minds of the Proteas when they take on New Zealand in a two-match T20 series starting in Durban on Friday, says David Miller.
The 'World Cup' of cricket's shortest format will take place over March in India, and while the conditions there are vastly different to what the Proteas can expect in South Africa this month, Miller believes that they can still prepare for the tournament by winning matches now.
“I think it’s a bit of both. Everyone long term is really thinking of that (World T20) because it’s a dream for a lot of people growing up playing cricket to get to a World Cup,” he said from Durban this week.
“I think everyone will have that at the back of their minds, but in saying that I think we’re going to have to focus hard on this series.
“It’s two completely different surfaces - India and South Africa - so we just want to really knuckle down and try win a lot of games leading up to that World Cup and be really high on confidence.”
Miller said that he was “feeling good” in the nets and that he had been working hard on his game with the Dolphins in the off-season.
Friday’s clash at Kingsmead begins at 18:00.