DAVID Miller is aiming to ‘explode’ on to the Durham scene when he kicks off his county career against Warwickshire Bears this evening.
Dynamos latest T20 import is building a name for himself as a power hitter in the shortest form of the game.
The South African international is a relative unknown in the UK, and when asked what sort of player Durham fans can expect to see – measured? Or extravagant?
His reply was short, quick and assured - “I hope supporters get to see the explosive David Miller,” he said.
Miller certainly has high hopes for his time at the Emirates ICG, and is looking to build on his performances for Nashua Dolphins back in his homeland.
“We don’t play as many T20 games out in South Africa, said the batsman. “We played up until March, and unfortunately we didn’t make it into the Champions League, but now I’m hoping we can go all the way and qualify with Durham.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about the county. They have enjoyed a good start to the season, and hopefully I can help them to continue that in the T20 games.”
The former South African Academy pupil, made his first-class debut at just 17, and has impressed national selectors with his displays for Dolphins.
And they weren’t the only ones taking note – a certain Dale Benkenstein spotted early potential in the left-handed batsman.
The Dynamos one-day and T20 skipper saw what Miller could do at close quarters during a winter in Durban.
Miller explained: “Dale came over to the Dolphins about two seasons ago, and played a short stint there. I got to know him, and built up a nice relationship.
“Now I’m looking forward to renewing that relationship, and also building on it.”
Full story in Thursday’s Mail