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South Africa batsman David Miller has announced that he will be quitting red-ball cricket in order to focus on the limited overs formats and the 2019 World Cup.
Miller never represented the Proteas in Test cricket, but featured in 63 first-class matches, where he scored 3,342 runs, which included six centuries and 19 fifties.
While the 29-year-old admitted that he loves playing red-ball cricket, he said the difficult decision he took stems from the fact that he wants to keep playing white-ball cricket for South Africa.
“It was a tough decision to make,” Miller was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council’s website. “I have always loved playing red-ball cricket but I have decided that I would, in future, like to concentrate on white-ball cricket to make sure that I am in a position to give myself the best opportunity to play for the Proteas in the format that I love.
“This is an important decision for me, especially with the World Cup looming next year,” he said. “I will also be available to play for the Dolphins in all limited-overs competitions and will give it my all to help them win trophies this season.”
Miller’s choice to walk away from red-ball cricket was met with disappoint from Cricket South Africa Chief Executive Thabang Moroe, who said that the Pietermaritzburg native had the chance to break into the Test team.
However, despite his disappointment, Moroe hopes that Miller reconsiders his decision down the line and returns to playing red-ball cricket.
“It is disappointing to lose David from our pool of potential Test players,” he said. “At the age of 29 he still has many years of good cricket left in him in all formats, but at the same time we have to understand that he wants to throw his full weight into helping the Proteas win the ICC World Cup.
“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 red-ball cricket where he has shown his undeniable talents in the past.”