David Miller gives up Test dream to focus on World Cup

Batter David Miller has been made unavailable to play first-class cricket in South Africa, a decision that means he has effectively resigned from representing the country in the test cricket.

Miller, 29, who remains available for all forms of limited cricket for South Africa and the Dolphins, said giving up red-ball cricket was "a difficult decision", but he wanted to focus on maximizing his chances of cricket international with the white ball, especially with the 2019 World Cup in a few months.

"It was a difficult decision to make," Miller said. "I have always liked to play red-ball cricket, but I have decided that, in the future, I would like to focus on white-ball cricket to ensure that I am in a position to give myself the best chance to play for the Proteas in the format that This is an important decision for me, especially with the World Cup looming next year, I will also be available to play with the Dolphins in all limited competitions and I will give my best to help them win trophies this season. "

Miller has played 109 ODI and 61 T20I for South Africa, but has not played any cricket test. In 63 first class matches, he has scored 3342 runs at an average of 36.32, with six centuries.

A year ago, Miller had made a clear statement of his ambition to play Test Cricket when he chose to leave CPL 2017 playing for South Africa A against India A in August 2017. He scored scores of 78, 27, 13 and 18, but was not considered for the test team to play against Bangladesh.

Cricket South Africa CEO Thabang Moroe said it was disappointing to lose Miller as a potential cricketer, but he hoped he would reconsider his decision in the future.

"At the age of 29, he still has many years of good cricket in all formats, but at the same time we have to understand that he wants to put all his effort into helping the Proteas win the ICC World Cup. "Moroe said. "He has time on his hands to resume his first-class career in due course and I sincerely hope that we have not seen the last of him in the red-ball cricket in which he has demonstrated his undeniable talents in the past."

Miller has fought for the ODI form this year, with only half a century in nine games in 2018, and a total of 192 runs with only 21.33. His strike rate of 89.71 is also much lower than his career figure of 101.21. Overall, Miller has scored 2588 runs at ODI at an average of 36.97.

source:- espncricinfo.com

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