South Africa tour of West Indies 2010 May 13, 2010

David Miller called up for West Indies tour

Cricinfo staff

Dolphins batsman David Miller has been included in South Africa's limited-overs squads for the tour of West Indies following the World Twenty20. Miller replaces Wayne Parnell, who has failed to recover from the groin injury he sustained during the IPL and will target the Test series starting next month.

Miller, 20, has played 22 first-class games and averages 30.93, and has an impressive List A record, with an average of 35.85 and a strike-rate of 107.72 in 26 games. Miller was promoted to the A level, and scored a century - 115 off just 60 balls - for South Africa A against Bangladesh A in Mirpur in the ongoing tri-series also involving West Indies A.

"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," Andrew Hudson, South Africa's newly-appointed convenor of selectors said. "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 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."

In the MTN40 competition, Miller averaged 40, and a staggering 53 in the Pro20 tournament.

Miller is expected to arrive in the Caribbean in the middle of next week. South Africa and West Indies play two Twenty20 internationals and five ODIs before a three-match Test series.

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  • Khawaja on May 19, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    south africa probably needs colin ingram 20-20's u have to have hard hitters whoo walk in and start doing their job...might be time to replace Duminy too...if u want a hitter to open than u have to rely on Bosman whose power hitting against england was a revelation...left armers are also better in 20-20's

  • Johan on May 18, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    @ Wessels Van Vuuren - Great comment, it made me laugh. Well done, mate.

  • Dummy4 on May 17, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    this picture is not even David Miller, it is infact Colin Ingram. Miller uses Slazenger equipment

  • Subramania on May 16, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Not simply picking the likes of Millers and Therons would do any good; they shud be actually playing in the ground.. Hope this should be the start of a SAF team bulldozing every other ( A dream i cherish for the last 18 years...)

  • TIMOTHY on May 14, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    good move by sa selectors...........but colin ingram deserevs a national cap........

    pls add ingram!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    What does Colin Ingram have to do to get into the squad - he scored more runs at a faster pace than Miller, despite batting higher up in the order. Forget the average, lower order batsmen always get boosted by not outs. Ingram scored 35.375 runs per innings at a strike rate of 144.38. Miller scored 30.6 runs per innings at a strike rate of 133.61. Ingram scored 3 fifties, Miller scored 1. Miller is good, Ingram is better. Now that Hudson is in charge, will Ingram and Theron have to migrate to the Dolphins to get picked?

  • Ross on May 14, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    Also add Colin Ingram please! If Miller gets in because of his performance in Bangladesh, MTN40 and Pro20, then Colin Ingram gets in doubly so. Top scorer in both the domestic competitions, and top SA scorer in Bangladesh!

  • Henco on May 14, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    Not a time for panic, but definately a time for some new blood. Some really good players out there who should still be given a chance. Colin Ingram, Kuhn, Aaron Phangiso and Rossouw.

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Good move - In fact pick a team full of 20 year olds - if nothing else you'll set England back another 4 years before they can snatch them...

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