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Yorkshire tipped to shake up t20
David Miller has backed his Yorkshire team-mates to spring more surprises during the Champions League t20 group stages in South Africa.
The county’s overseas player suffered a fractured nose and a black left eye during the opening qualifying match against UVA Next in Johannesburg on Tuesday, retiring hurt and then returning to the crease to hit the winning runs.
He is fit enough to continue playing, but missed Wednesday’s win over Trinidad & Tobago due to four-day duty with the Dolphins. However, the first two days of their match against the Knights were rained off on Thursday and yesterday.
Miller will miss Yorkshire’s first three group ‘B’ matches against Sydney, Mumbai and the Lions before returning to the squad for their last fixture against Chennai in Durban a week on Monday.
But the 23-year-old, glued to the TV during the T&T match, believes the Tykes will do just fine without him.
“I really think, like I’ve said all summer, Twenty20 is a funny game,” he said. “Anything can happen. It can change so quickly. If we play our best cricket, then you never know how far we could go, the semi-finals or even the final.
“We will be playing against some of the IPL teams, but we have a balanced team with a lot of confident guys after the last few days.
“It (T&T) was a brilliant win. I thought we were struggling a bit at four down, but Gary Ballance and Adil Rashid pulled us through. To get through to the group stages is a fantastic achievement. I can’t wait to join up with the lads again.”
Miller has gone from strength to strength in a Yorkshire shirt during 2012. And although his 39 not out off 29 balls was not his highest score in a White Rose shirt, it was one of his best performances.
Captain Andrew Gale has admitted the left-hander was “as keen as mustard” to return to the crease after being hit by an Umar Gul bouncer.
“It was gutsy, showed character and courage, and it was everything you want from your overseas player,” he said. “He’s done that all through our domestic competition, winning some games on his own.
“When he went off the field and went into the physio’s room, me being a pushy captain, I went in and asked him if he could bat. When he was keen, I asked Scot (McAllister, physiotherapist) if he would let him. He said ‘yes’. Thankfully, he did the business for us.”
Miller added: “My nose isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. There’s just a small fracture. My eye is still swollen, but I’ll be fine.
“We needed to win the game, so I was always going to go back out if I could. Once I knew that my nose wasn’t a problem, it was just my eye that I was concerned about swelling up. That was fine too.”
The first game of the competition is today between Nashua Titans and Perth Scorchers at Centurion.