DAVID MILLER RE­TURNS TO THE SCENE OF WORLD’S FASTEST T20

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Proteas ace says he can’t guar­an­tee a re­peat of last year’s py­rothech­nics, but he’s hop­ing to have fun against Zim­babwe at Potchef­stroom’s Sen­wes Park

David Miller re­turns to the scene of where he scored the fastest T20 In­ter­na­tional (T20I) cen­tury of all time as the Stan­dard Bank Proteas pre­pare for the sec­ond KFC T20I against Zim­babwe at Sen­wes Park in Potchef­stroom on Fri­day.

Miller broke the world record when he smashed 100 off 35 balls, af­ter be­ing dropped on nought, against Bangladesh in 2017, a record which has since been equalled by In­dia’s Ro­hit Sharma.

Miller says he can’t guar­an­tee that the Sen­wes Park crowd will get a re­peat per­for­mance on Fri­day evening, but says the bats­men are look­ing for­ward to the tra­di­tional bat­ting-friendly con­di­tions on the highveld.

“It is the first game of the sea­son for this wicket.

“We are go­ing to have to try and as­sess the con­di­tions as quickly as pos­si­ble. Gen­er­ally it is a nice wicket, the ball trav­els far with a quick out­field.

“It is al­ways a bat­ter-friendly wicket so hope­fully it doesn’t dis­ap­point to­mor­row,” he said.

The 29-year-old marked his re­turn to ac­tion af­ter be­ing rested for the ODI se­ries with a solid 39 off 34 balls in the 34-run win in the first T20I in East Lon­don on Tues­day.

He says he is feel­ing re­freshed and mo­ti­vated fol­low­ing his break, and wants to put in more con­sis­tent per­for­mances in the for­mat.

“I felt re­ally good,” Miller ex­plained of Tues­day’s match.

“The guys bowled well in the last game, I felt it was tough to get the spin­ners away. I thought Rassie [van der Dussen] and I had good in­ten­sity which is what we fo­cused on.

“He bat­ted well in his first game, he has shown it over the years for the Lions and it is great to have an­other part­ner there when you are go­ing well.

“We com­ple­mented each other pretty well.”

Miller is one of the most ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers in the squad – he has the sec­ond most caps (62) be­hind JP Du­miny (77) – and has taken it upon him­self to share knowl­edge and ideas with the less ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers.

He says it has been en­cour­ag­ing to see the play­ers com­ing through reap­ing the re­wards at in­ter­na­tional level.

“It is ex­cit­ing for South African cricket with all the tal­ent com­ing through in this for­mat.

“I feel I have had a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in this for­mat, trav­el­ling the world and hav­ing that op­por­tu­nity to play.

“It has been great and I can of­fer a lot of ad­vice or help guys in cer­tain ar­eas. You can also learn from the young guys, they come through and come up with new ideas, it is ex­cit­ing.”

The match kicks off at 6pm. Stan­dard Bank Proteas T20 squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Gi­hahn Cloete, Ju­nior Dala, Quin­ton de Kock, JP Du­miny, Rob­bie Frylinck, Chris­ti­aan Jonker, Hein­rich Klaasen, David Miller, Lungisani Ngidi, Dane Pater­son, Andile Phehluk­wayo Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.

I feel I have had a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in this for­mat, trav­el­ling the world

Pic­ture: ALAN EA­SON

SWASHBUCKLING STYLE: David Miller launches the ball dur­ing the KFC T20 against Zim­babwe at Buf­falo Park, while Peter Moore watches on.

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