Dolphins’ Miller ready for Knights

2013-10-17 00:00

AFTER a six-wicket win against the Lions in their opening Momentum One-Day Cup match last weekend, the Dolphins head to Kimberley for a date with the Knights tomorrow night.

Selectors have named an unchanged squad, allowing those who didn’t quite “click” on a tricky Potch wicket at Senwes Park, the opportunity to find their groove at De Beers Oval. This is renowned as a decent batting strip.

Hero for the Dolphins against the Lions was David Miller, who struck a sublime 76 not out from 68 balls, to see the Dolphins take the win with a bonus point.

A perfect start to the season for him, he wants to continue the work tomorrow and Sunday, when the Dolphins play their first home game of the campaign against the Titans.

“Potch’s game was a great win for us and great reward for the hard work done in the off season,” said Miller.

“It was not a great wicket and while most batsmen from both sides battled with the unpredictable bounce, I was lucky in having nothing difficult to contend with.”

From the moment he took guard, Miller looked comfortable, scoring freely and hitting the ball out the middle of the bat.

“It happened to be my day. Personally, I have the attitude of whatever happens out in the middle then so be it,” he said.

“I play my own game, reacting to each ball and playing them on merit. Getting the job done is what’s important.”

Miller added that team spirit was good and the Dolphins were excited ahead of tomorrow’s game.

“It’s great to start the competition with a win against a strong side and it’s what we need confidence-wise for the road ahead,” he said.

Miller played in this year’s IPL for the Kings XI Punjab where he smashed an undefeated century from 38 balls against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He said he was richer for the experience and had focused heavily on his game in the lead-up to the current season.

“I’ve tried to play as much as I can and had a valuable stint with Yorkshire as well. I’ve worked out my strengths and the experience of playing around the world counts beyond measure,” he said.

“My priority is to get in as a batsman. I know my scoring areas and need to be patient, as the balls to hit will come. As for my four-day form, which has been lacking in recent seasons, I have put in the work and want to spend time in the middle, building an innings.

“My dream and goal is to play Test cricket and I need to prove my ability in the longer version of the game.”

Tomorrow’s game starts at 3 pm.

Dolphins squad: Morné van Wyk (captain), Kyle Abbott, Craig Alexander, Cody Chetty, Robbie Frylinck, David Miller, Keshav Maharaj, Calvin Savage, Daryn Smit, Jonathan Vandiar, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Khaya Zondo and Divan van Wyk.

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