SA’s Miller in catch furore

2012-08-27 10:22

Cape Town – Hard-hitting Proteas batsman David Miller made a valiant attempt to win his county, Yorkshire, the Friends Life T20 final in Cardiff at the weekend ... but his spectacular innings was also marked by controversy.

Dolphins favourite Miller, 23, smashed an unbeaten 72 to be easily Yorkshire’s best contributor as they failed by 10 runs to chase down Hampshire’s total of 150 for six.

Miller was left stranded after an eventful 46-ball stay, which included five sixes and five fours, as his side ended on 140 for eight in the English domestic T20 showpiece.

As David Hopps of Cricinfo put it: “(Hampshire) survived his cudgelling assault to win the trophy for the second time in three years ... on a slow, grabby surface.

“Quite how South Africa can overlook a batsman of such ferocious power for World Twenty20 (in Sri Lanka next month) will be hard for anybody who witnessed his innings to understand.”

Miller ended the tournament as its leading six-hitter.

But, when he had reached only seven, Hampshire thought they had snared the danger-man when Miller’s compatriot, the veteran former Test star Neil McKenzie, appeared to have caught him at short midwicket.

The incident was “sent upstairs” for TV review but the evidence was declared not conclusive enough for the left-hander to be given out.

Hampshire were reportedly irked, and McKenzie was quoted afterwards as saying: “I definitely did take it. I pride myself on being one of the more honest guys around.”

Miller has played 16 ODIs and eight T20 internationals for the Proteas, without quite managing to set the world alight; his last appearances for South Africa came in October 2011.

But it is good news for the longer term, all the same, that he appears to be fast regaining his clean-striking mojo, and he may just find himself among “standby” resources as a result for the World T20.

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  • dhirshan.gobind - 2012-08-27 10:30

    ontong and parnell ahead of miller??? hudson keeps messing up our ODI and T20 teams.

      odupreez - 2012-08-27 10:46

      Its also about the balance, Hudson may be unlikeable, but he has to chose between what is available and balance the team according to presciption, ie what is the ANC's latest stance.

      paul.maarman - 2012-08-27 10:49

      --that was the same I heard when Big Vern came into the Test side....not a quality player, no real work ethic compared with others knocking at the door....-For now, I like the way that Mr Hudson and Co are messing up....

      atholl.canterbury - 2012-08-27 11:29

      There was a 'hard hitting' batsman by the name of Richard Levi. Is he injured or why not in the mix ... for any One day match 20 or 50 overs?

      zambezi.river - 2012-08-27 13:10

      @atholl ................Levi was a one hit wonder !

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-08-27 13:14

      Levi is in the T20 squad. And, after Dale and the spinners took him apart in the IPL, he can probably be grateful he's still in that. Putting him in the ODI team would necessitate dropping Biff or Amla. On Levi's current form, I don't see that happening.

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-08-27 10:55

    Much to do about nothing really!

  • jonathan.faurie - 2012-08-27 10:59

    The headline for this article should be along the lines of : Millers performance leaves CSA question marks. this is because the angle of the article was Millers performance rather than the catch. But Sport24 took the easy way out by opting for a controversial headline. Mind you what else can you expect from Sport24? they will probably delete this comment to save face.

  • bj.pieman - 2012-08-27 11:21

    Since when in McKenzie a Test star?

      jonathan.faurie - 2012-08-27 11:35

      I tend to agree with you. McKenzie was a batsman that had the potential to be a star but he failed continuously. Again, fluff from Sport24 sub editors because Rob Howing has more brains than to bill a man that has a test average of 37.39 a test star.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-08-27 11:38

      "Veteran former Test star" is the description used. He scored five centuries for SA, only one less than Hansie Cronje. He also (with Biff) still holds the world record for the highest ever opening partnership in Test cricket. So I don't think it's an inaccurate description. On the subject of Miller, T20 is unfortunately one of those "hero or zero" type of formats. Miller may have sparkled in this game and even in this series but he was only moderately impressive for KXIP in the IPL. So he's not the sort of automatic selection that AB, Albie, Morne or Dale would be.

      jonathan.faurie - 2012-08-27 11:48

      @Richard Barnes: How can anyone in their right minds bill a person who has a test average of 37.39 a star? current or former? Come honest. Hashim Amla has earned the right to be billed a star. De Villiers has earned the right to be billed a star. if we are being brutally honest with ourselves, Mackenzie hasn't. and lets be honest again...the record that Mac and Biff hold was against Bangladesh in 2008 when even the Worst Indies could have beaten them. Yes its a record, but not one you dig up and throw at people.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-08-27 13:04

      Hansie Cronje's Test average was 36.41. I think many would have considered him a star. McKenzie was named as one of five Cricketers of the Year by Wisden in 2008 iirc. If a Bok rugby player was named by the IRB as one of five Players of the Year, would he be considered a star? I think he would. If McKenzie had been called a "legend" or "one of the greats" that would have been hyperbolic. But "star" is a pretty common term these days.

      jonathan.faurie - 2012-08-27 14:46

      A term that is given to freely. And Cronje was a star because of his captaincy and decision making. if he wasn't the captain of the Proteas he would have been just another player. What was Cronje? An ALL ROUNDER. If he didnt have a high batting average he brought bowling to the team. and he was a middle order batsman. McKenzie is a upper order SPECIALIST batsman. If he isnt scoring runs he is taking up wasted space. Also you basing Cronje's decision on old benchmarks. back then it was common for a middle order batsman to have an average of 30. now if he isnt averaging in the high 40s he isnt special.

      bj.pieman - 2012-08-27 16:45

      Cronje bowling average was 29.9, not much worse than Ntini's 28.9. But it might be best to leave his 'decision making' out of this...

  • bubba.kegg.71 - 2012-08-27 12:36

    Most pointless article I've ever read.

  • janelle.miller.9275 - 2012-08-27 12:57

    Compare the first 16 ODis played by any International cricketer in World criket and you will find that Miller has the highest strike rate of 111.72. Only Kevin Pieterson comes comes close with 102.67. So much for the consistency of selection...we may just lose one of the greatest hitters around.

  • SirFGrumpy - 2012-08-27 13:15

    Rub of the green Neil Mac

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