Mas­ter blaster Miller

Proteas big-hit­ter’s back af­ter nurs­ing an in­jury, so FOMO is a no-go zone

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - ZAAHIER ADAMS

DAVID Miller, ad­mits he has been suf­fer­ing from “FOMO” (Fear of Miss­ing Out) watch­ing the Proteas play­ing “ex­cep­tional” Test cricket, but is ex­cited to be back in the “green and gold”.

Miller last played in­ter­na­tional cricket back in Oc­to­ber when the Proteas white­washed world cham­pi­ons Aus­tralia 5-0 in the fi­nal ODI at New­lands.

The pow­er­ful left-han­der was in su­perb form dur­ing that se­ries, with the third ODI at his for­mer home ground, Kingsmead, pro­vid­ing the back­drop for a su­perb in­nings. The 27-year-old smashed a mar­vel­lous 118 not out off only 79 balls (10x4, 6x6) that saw South Africa com­plete a record-break­ing 372-run chase. How­ever, the Proteas have only played Test cricket since then, leav­ing Miller time to re­cover from a slight groin/in­jury and do duty for his new fran­chise, the Knights, while Faf du Plessis’s team have con­quered the Aussies and Sri Lankans in the long­est for­mat of the game.

“I’m pretty much over my in­juries. I had an in­jury that started in the groin area and moved to the calf area. But it was mi­nor and I’m over it. I’ve done some good re­hab and played a few games since,” Miller said at Su­perS­port Park.

“But it’s also been re­ally good to be back in the do­mes­tic sys­tem. Just get­ting some game-time and go­ing through some rou­tines.

“But you al­ways get a bit of FOMO from watch­ing Test cricket. The way they were play­ing was ex­cep­tional, but it’s re­ally great to be back in the green and gold.”

With over 133 (87 ODIs and 46 T20Is) ap­pear­ances for the Proteas in limited-overs cricket to his credit al­ready, Miller is eas­ily the most ex­pe­ri­enced player in a youth­ful squad se­lected for the Sri Lankan T20 se­ries.

The knowl­edge gained while cap­tain­ing the Kings XI Pun­jab will also be ben­e­fi­cial as he tries to guide this group of green­horns, while also as­sist­ing new cap­tain Farhaan Be­har­dien out in the mid­dle.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing. There are lots of youth/new caps. They have done re­ally well in all the do­mes­tic for­mats. We spoke at the team meet­ing that ev­ery­one here de­serves to be here. It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to be part of some­thing like this. There are lit­tle but­ter­flies go­ing around and that’s a part of it as well and I’m sure if we are go­ing to get into it as the week goes by it’s go­ing to be re­ally good to get to know each other as well,” Miller ex­plained.

“Fudgie is cap­tain­ing and it’s a huge hon­our for him. I feel I can add a lot of value whether I’m cap­tain­ing or not, adding that value be­hind the scenes and I sup­pose just be­ing an ex­am­ple to them as a se­nior player. I’m look­ing for­ward to help­ing out Fudgie and learning from the young­sters as well.”

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