David Miller
David Miller (AFP Photo)

South Africa batsman David Miller has announced he will be unavailable to play red-ball cricket indefinitely to concentrate on limited-overs cricket.

While Miller has played in 109 ODIs and 61 T20Is, he is yet to make his Test debut. However, he has an experience of 63 first-class matches in which he has 3342 runs at 36.32.

Taking break from red-ball cricket and thus potentially ruling him out of Test contention in future hasn’t been easy for the 29-year-old but with the ICC World Cup 2019 less than a year away, putting himself in prime position for the marquee event is at the top of his agenda now.

“It was a tough decision to make,” Miller said in a Cricket South Africa (CSA) release on Tuesday. “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.”

He further added, “This is an important decision for me, especially with the World Cup looming next year. 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.”

CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe expressed his disappointment at losing out on a potential Test player but is hopeful Miller will return to playing first-class cricket in near future.

“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 to 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.”