David Miller has credited the team environment for the Proteas’ sustained performance in the current ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales. Miller has been in and out of the ODI squad since making his debut in 2010, and has shown impressive glimpses of the impact he can make with the bat.
“It is a younger side than normal from a batting perspective but I think we are at a stage where we are comfortable with each other,” he said in London on Sunday. “The team environment is great, the guys are gelling well and it has been great to see how we are backing each other on the field. It’s good to see the guys playing with freedom, I think that is something that we need to do more often, to have freedom within your game plan.”
His blistering innings of 38 off 29 balls at the back end propelled the Proteas to a commanding total in Cardiff, and has further enhanced his reputation as a “finisher” in the team.
“I have been fortunate to play quite a lot of T20 cricket during the off-season,” he said when asked about the pressure of his role. “That has really helped me to work out my game plan when coming in towards the end. I still go according to a game plan; I try to get myself in, assess the conditions, and if I feel like going big I back myself to do it.”
The squad has had a few days to come down from the high of qualifying for the semi-finals after the tied match against the West Indies, and have begun preparing for the crunch match on Wednesday. Miller says they “aren’t too concerned” about who their opponents in the semi-finals will be, and will rather be focusing on improving on their performance from their previous match.