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South Africa appear to be making a more conscious effort to enhance their lower-order batting strike power in Twenty20 cricket, writes Rob Houwing on Sport24 after the squad for the T20s against New Zealand was announced.
Miller is a rather different beast to Morkel, because although he is every bit as accomplished as a clean, big-distance striker of the ball, he does not offer the bowling option Morkel does. But if the Proteas can somehow rebalance their side to still have enough depth and variety to their bowling arsenal, the KwaZulu-Natalian may have the chance now to re-establish his credentials as an X-factor batsman down the order.
If South Africa manage to find places for both Morris and Miller against New Zealand, they certainly ought to be fielding teams with appropriate "oomph" in the lower-order positions. Lions favourite Morris, the 25-year-old son of lanky former Northern Transvaal left-arm spinner Willie, is more renowned as a slippery, skilful pace bowler of promise, but also goes about his batting duties with urgency and gusto.
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