The Miller dif­fer­ence

Spin­ner ea­ger to make Scor­pi­ons suc­cess­ful

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CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – Lef­t­arm spin­ner Nikita Miller says he is anx­ious to re­turn to the cut and thrust of the Re­gional Four-day Cham­pi­onship, and is hop­ing his re­cent in­ter­na­tional stint with West Indies will serve as per­sonal in­spi­ra­tion for the re­main­ing rounds of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The 35-year-old played his first One­Day In­ter­na­tional in nearly three years when he turned out in the fi­nal game of the three-match se­ries on Box­ing Day, which the Windies lost by 66 runs un­der Duck­worth/lewis.

With three rounds of the first class sea­son re­main­ing, Miller said it was im­por­tant he hit the ground run­ning once he re­turned to ac­tion with Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons.

“There are three games left in the cur­rent first class sea­son and I think we’re mid-ta­ble, so I’m look­ing for­ward to go­ing back and help­ing the team,” said Miller who cap­tains the fran­chise.

“When I left home, I was the lead­ing bowler for my team and sec­ond in the league, so hope­fully I can go back and con­trib­ute some wick­ets and also some runs as well.

“When I left I had a half-cen­tury as well, so hope­fully I can take this ex­pe­ri­ence at this level of fac­ing Trent Boult in good form … and ap­ply it to the first class sea­son and pre­pare my­self for the [ World Cup] qual­i­fiers.”

Miller has been lim­ited to just two first class games, af­ter miss­ing the first three rounds as he re­cu­per­ated from surgery. He then missed the last two rounds af­ter be­ing called up for West Indies duty.

How­ever, he made a huge im­pact in the two matches he played, snap­ping up a whop­ping 23 wick­ets as Scor­pi­ons beat Lee­ward Is­lands Hur­ri­canes and Wind­ward Is­lands Vol­ca­noes handily, to post their first wins of the sea­son.

Miller said he was also fo­cused on per­form­ing well in the Re­gional Su­per50 as he eyed se­lec­tion for the World Cup qual­i­fiers in Zimabwe next March.

“There’s also the Su­per50, so I’m just look­ing for­ward to that in order to get proper prac­tice so that if I’m se­lected for the qual­i­fiers, I would be ready and pre­pared for that.”

Miller was a surprise call-up for the New Zealand se­ries, es­pe­cially af­ter hav­ing been ig­nored since play­ing the last of 46 ODIS dur­ing the last World Cup in New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

In the third ODI at Ha­gley Oval here which was re­duced to 23 overs per side be­cause of rain, Miller claimed one for 26 and fin­ished on 20 not out, as West Indies suf­fered a 3-0 white­wash in the se­ries.

De­spite the re­sult, Miller said he was pleased with his per­for­mance.

“I felt really good to be back. It was a tough re­turn, yes,” he con­ceded.

“First of all, the weather was very poor, but in terms of the game I don’t think that we ex­e­cuted prop­erly when we bat­ted. New Zealand really bat­ted well and they bowled well as well.

“In terms of my per­for­mance, I think I did okay with the ball and also with the bat, so it was a pretty good re­turn.”

The re­gional first class sea­son re­sumes Jan­uary 4 (Thurs­day) with the eighth round. (CMC)

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