Determined to make it 3-0: Miller
Bolstered by their back to back wins against India, South Africa batsman David Miller says his team is all pumped to make a clean sweep of the three-match T20 series here on Thursday.
“I think it is a massive point. We are 2-0 up and are determined to make it 3-0. As you say, momentum and confidence is a big thing in international cricket. I think, our preparations have been really good. We’ve been trying to check all the boxes and hopefully we come out on top on Thursday,” said Miller on the eve of the third and final T20 International.
“To be honest, <g data-gr-id="55">its</g> a great feeling to be coming to Kolkata 2-0 up in the series. The series win is really big. We came here with a lot of expectations to do well, we have put a lot of pressure on us to perform. “India are an amazing T20 side with huge players. It gives us a lot of confidence moving forward coming close to the World Twenty20,” said the hard-hitting batsman.
“We are playing against England and at the end of the year in Australia. We just need to take as much confidence as we can moving forward. It has been a huge confidence booster.” South African key batsman AB de Villiers did not come for the practice on Wednesday and Miller said it was not much of an issue.
“It is an optional practice on Wednesday. Some players have taken a day off. It has been a long week. We have had some intense games, a lot of practice and <g data-gr-id="49">travelling</g>. I hope AB does play. We will see on Thursday.
“As supposed to what is going to happen on Thursday, I am not very sure. Maybe resting a few guys but I have got no idea about that as well.”
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“To be honest, we have been given that slot. I am not sure how the logistics work on practice scheduling. I have been told to be ready at 9 am in the morning and I made sure I was not late for the bus.”
Dhoni was suggesting that home matches during this time of the year should start earlier to negate the dew <g data-gr-id="59">factor</g> but Miller said: “To be honest, I don’t know what to say. The games are given to us at 7 pm. The dew factor <g data-gr-id="56">is <g data-gr-id="57">bit</g></g> of an issue. But to fair, it has been the same to both teams. I think there isn’t too much of an issue."