Test spot

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - STU­ART HESS

DAVID Miller is the most in­trigu­ing call-up to the South Africa A side for two four-day matches against Aus­tralia A later this month.

It’s an in­di­ca­tion from the na­tional se­lec­tors that they no longer want to box him as solely a lim­ited overs player and should he pro­duce good re­sults, he may find him­self in the Test team at some stage.

It will be even more in­ter­est­ing if Miller were to avail him­self for two more four-day matches in Au­gust against In­dia A be­cause at the same time, the Caribbean Pre­mier League T20 com­pe­ti­tion is sched­uled to start.

Miller is un­der­stood to have dis­cussed op­tions about how he could break into the Test team with Proteas man­age­ment and the se­lec­tors and the most vi­able of those was to avail him­self for the SA A four­day team.

Miller would nor­mally be ex­pected to head over to the Caribbean, where last year he scored a “max” con­tract be­lieved to be in the re­gion $160 000 to play for the St Lu­cia Zouks. But the clean hit­ting left-han­der has am­bi­tions of don­ning whites and has cho­sen to dis­play his first-class wares with an eye on break­ing into the SA squad.

With doubts about AB de Vil­liers’ Test fu­ture and JP Du­miny’s form be­ing in­con­sis­tent, Miller would pro­vide an in­trigu­ing ex­tra op­tion.

Ahead of the last SA sea­son he moved to Bloem­fontein to take up a spot in the Knights fran­chise and although his Sun­foil Se­ries starts were lim­ited to just four matches, the 28-year-old im­pressed when scor­ing a cen­tury and two half-cen­turies in five in­nings in the four-day com­pe­ti­tion.

Miller will hope he can in­spire the A side to bet­ter re­sults in the two matches against Aus­tralia A af­ter a woe­ful tour of Eng­land in which the team were beaten by the Eng­land Lions in a one-day se­ries and a four-day match.

The pres­ence of Miller, Wayne Par­nell and Dwaine Pre­to­rius will cer­tainly boost the ex­pe­ri­ence in the squad, which will again be cap­tained by Ai­den Markram, once he’s back from the UK, where he pro­vid­ing cover for Faf du Plessis ahead of the first Test against Eng­land.

Om­phile Ramela, now of the Highveld Lions, has also been re­called, while feisty young left-arm spin­ner Bjorn For­tuin, also from the Lions, gets his first taste of SA A level as well.

Af­ter the matches against Aus­tralia, the se­lec­tors will name a squad for two more four-day matches against In­dia A.

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