Saqlain addition a big boost - Miller
Nikita Miller, the West Indies spinner, said that spin coach Saqlain Mushtaq's advice will be crucial in the limited-overs series against England that begins on February 28. Saqlain was brought in to help West Indies' spinners after a clinic at the WICB High Performance Centre last year and Miller believes his addition has benefitted players like Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine and himself.
"Mushy [Mushtaq] has been helping me for a little time now," Miller said. "We have a few days before the first ODI and there are some things we are going to work on. We spoke about a few points and I'll be going into the nets with him and work on them because England is a much tougher opponent. Hopefully I can bring the sort of form forward that I had in New Zealand but it will be challenging indeed."
Miller led the spin attack in the only ODI against Ireland at Sabina Park and returned figures of 10-0-30-2, setting the platform for West Indies' four-wicket win. "I haven't played here [Jamaica] since 2010 and looked forward to the challenge and playing at home," he said. "It gives you that extra push. I think I bowled well enough.
"It was great to see that we got the runs quite comfortably but we lost too many wickets in the end. Based on the previous two games, the pitch played a lot better for batters. It offered some sharp spin, which allowed us to put them [Ireland] under a bit of pressure early on. It was a bit of support but not as much as in the T20s."
While Miller is not a part of the West Indies World T20 squad, he is aiming for the World Cup in 2015 and still believes that he can be part of future T20 plans.
Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here