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Saqlain Mushtaq’s influence will benefit West Indies spinners, says Nikita Miller

Nikita Miller had a decent outing in West Indies's recent win against Ireland © Getty Images
Nikita Miller had a decent outing in West Indies’s recent win against Ireland © Getty Images

Kingston (Jamaica): Feb 25, 2014

West Indies spinner Nikita Miller said the return of spin legend and coach Saqlain Mushtaq to the regional setup will help inspire their bowlers in the One-Day International (ODI) series against England.

The former Pakistan player was brought in to help West Indies’ spinners after a clinic at the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) High Performance Centre (HPC) last year, reported CMC.

Mushtaq’s role has been to strengthen the West Indies spin bowling department and Miller said his advice will be crucial in the series against the Englishmen.

“I analysed my bowling previously with him and we are going to go into the nets and work on a few things when we reach Antigua,” Miller said.

“England are much tougher opponents than Ireland so I have to make sure I prepare myself for that challenge and hopefully I can bring the sort of form I have been carrying from New Zealand with me into that series.”

Mushtaq is perhaps the first off-spinner to master the doosra, a delivery that spins away from the batsman even though it is delivered with off-spin action.

Miller believes players like Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine and himself benefited from Mushtaq’s stint at the HPC last year.

Miller led the spin attack in the only ODI against Ireland at Sabina Park and returned figures of 10-0-30-2, setting the platform for West Indies’ four-wicket win.

“I haven’t played here [Jamaica] since 2010 and looked forward to the challenge and playing at home,” he said.

“It gives you that extra push. I think I bowled well enough.”

Miller is not a part of the West Indies ICC World T20 2014 squad defending their title next month but is aiming for the World Cup in 2015.

The West Indies face England in three ODIs at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

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