Durban - Proteas middle-order batsman David Miller is still not over the devastation that came with losing this year’s Cricket World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.
The Proteas lost to the Black Caps in March in a match that went to the final over and was one that South African cricket fans will never forget.
Miller had smashed 49 off just 23 balls in the Proteas’ rain-interrupted first innings, but few will remember that in the years to come.
Speaking at the Dolphins season launch at Kingsmead on Thursday night, Miller revealed that he probably won’t be over what happened in Auckland until South Africa lifts the World Cup trophy.
“It was a massive moment. It’s been a dream for me to be in a World Cup, but all of those preparations coming to a single game that we lost ... it’s just such a dampener,” he said.
“It’s definitely going to take some time to get over something like that, especially after getting so close, but I’m just trying to stay positive and hopefully I’ve got a couple of World Cups left in me.
“It will only be over once we win it and once we win that trophy. It’s always a motivating factor”
The Proteas are preparing for a limited over series (2 T20s and 3 ODIs) against the Black Caps this month, and Miller is eyeing revenge.
“It is a huge revenge series, we want to peg one back on them,” he said.
“We’ve done well against them in the past except for obviously the last two World Cups. We just want to play cricket again, get back to basics and do what we do best.”
The first T20 takes place at Kingsmead on Friday.