Zulu: Miller is wasted at No. 6

2014-03-19 00:00

DAVID Miller is wasted at number six in the South African T20 order.

AB de Villiers and Miller are South Africa’s best T20 hitters and therefore De Villiers should bat at number three and Miller as soon as possible after the power play, according to Lance (Zulu) Klusener, the legendary former SA player in One-Day Internationals.

Klusener, also coach of the Sunfoil Dolphins, who won the Ram Slam T20 Challenge competition by edging the Cape Cobras by two runs, said there will not be much seam movement during the power plays at the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh, and so power hitters can be introduced early. “The most boundaries will be hit during the power play while the ball is hard and the seam bowlers are in operation. In the latter part of the innings when the seam bowlers are back on, there will be another flurry of boundaries,” he said. “The best ploy would be to use your hard hitters early, and then shuffle your batting order to introduce your best players of spin in the middle overs when the slow bowlers will be used.”

Klusener said he would definitely use De Villiers, South Africa’s finest batsman, at number three so that he could face the bulk of the deliveries.

He would then use Miller at four or five, but not at number six, where he would be wasted. “David can win you games if you introduce him earlier,” he said.

De Villiers was introduced at number five in the third T20 international against Australia at SuperSport Park in Centurion, while Miller walked in at number six. The batting approach by the South African brain trusts had a few analysts baffled.

Klusener used Miller at four or five in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge. The destructive left-hander repaid his coach’s faith by smashing 93 off 37 balls in the semi-finals against the Unlimited Titans.

Bangladesh A v South Africa at Fatullah

Bangladesh A 116 (18.4/20 ov); South Africa 122/5

(18.3/20 ov)

South Africa won by 5 wickets.

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