South African batsman David Miller is set for his maiden Big Bash League stint as he been signed by Hobart Hurricanes for the 2019/20 season. He has come in as a replacement for England pacer Jofra Archer, who is set to miss the league due to his international commitments. Miller will have a crucial role during his stint as Hobart will miss the services of international stars for a part of the T20 league.
A veteran of T20 cricket. Miller has an experience of playing in Vitality T20 Blast, Indian Premer League, Bangladesh Premier League and is currently playing Mzansi Super League. In 294 T20s so far, he as scored 6441 runs at 34.81 with a strike-rate of 138.78.
“It’s very exciting to welcome a player of David’s calibre to the Hurricanes. We’ve built a reputation as a destination club amongst internationals, and we are confident David’s hard hitting batting will give our members and fans great entertainment, and possibly a few opportunities to catch a six!” We expect to lose some batting experience throughout the season, so David will provide valuable runs in our drive to our third successive finals campaign,” Cricket Tasmania CEO Nick Cummins said.
Miller was recently released by Kings XI Punjab ahead of the IPL 2020 auction and will also hope to get an IPL gig next year.
Apart from Miller, AB de Villers and Dale Steyn will also be in action during the T20 league. While De Villiers will have a late arrival in the league, Steyn will leave the league early. He will be replaced by Pat Brown.
De Villiers has been managing his workload and does not play complete seasons of the leagues, barring IPL, while Steyn is hoping to make his return to the T20I side ahead of next year’s World Cup 2020. He was also released by his IPL franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and will hope to get an IPL contract in the auction.
The upcoming season of Big Bash League kicks off on December 17 with Brisbane Heat taking on Sydney Thunder in Brisbane.