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Yorkshire can be really proud: Miller

Batsman says competing in CLT20 was a huge experience for the English County team

Yorkshire may not have made it to the semi-finals of CLT20 2012 but they can be really proud of what they have achieved over the last year. After coming back from relegation in County Championship, they made it to the final of the Friends Life t20 and gave themselves a chance to compete in the CLT20. The team breezed into the main tournament by winning both their Qualifiers.

Yorkshire’s campaign went a bit haywire after that and they failed to win a single game against the strong T20 teams in the tournament. But it had a lot to do with the fact that they were missing some of their performers for the best part of the tournament. One such player was David Miller. The 23-year-old has been a mainstay in the Yorkshire’s batting order with his ability to hit the ball a mile.

After playing the first Qualifier against Uva Next, in which he scored 39 off 29 balls, Miller left to play first-class cricket for the Dolphins. He returned to Yorkshire camp when the team had no chance of making it to the semis. After playing Yorkshire’s last game, against Chennai Super Kings, Miller told
clt20.com what an enriching experience it has been for the team to play on such big stage.

It was a little disappointing. But for the guys getting here to the CLT20 was a massive experience and I think they really did themselves proud,” he said. “They had a couple of games in which they didn’t really do well but throughout the whole T20 tournament back home and the CLT20 Qualifiers, the team played really well. This last game was a dead rubber but the boys enjoyed themselves and had a lot of fun.”

Miller, being the local boy in the team and possessing a game highly suited for T20 cricket, was certainly missed by Yorkshire, who got past the total of 150 only once in four matches after Miller’s exit. The South African batsman said the team also missed a few of their main players who are out with injuries.

“I would like to think that I could have changed the team’s fate,” he said. “But I do know that a lot of our guys who played in England are not present here because of injuries. The team wasn’t the same that did so well in the domestic T20 tournament.”

Miller was due to play two first-class games for the Dolphins but ended up having only two days on the field due to rough weather during his time out from CLT20. He admitted the quick shift between the longest and shortest format of cricket is difficult in terms of changing of mindset. “I’ve never really done that, to be honest. Had we played both games, it would’ve been just a different mindset of batting longer. It would have been difficult had we got those games,” he said.

The need to go back and play for the Dolphins emerged from Miller’s ambition of getting better at the four-day game. “I do like hitting the ball and clearing the rope and I can do that a lot in T20 cricket. But I really want to work on my four-day game and want to do well in the longer format as well. I want to learn how to buckle down and make some runs.”

If and when he achieves the temperament required for the longest format, Miller has what it takes to emulate two of his batting idols, who, with the lethal combination of their attacking instincts and disciplined mind, tore bowling attacks apart in all forms of cricket.

“I used to really love watching Matthew Hayden bat. I also liked Adam Gilchrist. Being a left-hander myself, who likes to hit the ball hard, they were my favourites,” Miller said of the men who inspire him to bat the way he does.

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