Opinion: Miller time far too infrequent

Batsman faces bowler in front of packed cordon

Jonhenry Wilson discusses David Miller's century against Bangladesh among other things this week. 

World cricket is in love with David Miller again, after he struck the fastest ever century in Twenty20 Internationals on Sunday. Mohammad Saifuddin and the rest of the hapless Bangladesh attack were pasted to all corners of Senwes Park by the hard-hitting left-hander, but don't be fooled by this anomaly.

Cast your mind back to February 2012, when Richard Levi pretty much did the same thing to New Zealand's bowlers in Hamilton. Hardly anything else came from Levi, who only managed 119 runs from his other 12 innings in the shortest format of the international game. Miller has to avoid being bracketed with the man whose record he broke.

Indulge me, if you will, as I clear up a pet peeve too. Shaun Pollock, Crystal Arnold and a handful of other pundits kept referring to Miller's feat as the quickest century in Twenty20 cricket. No, that's reserved for Chris Gayle, who amassed three figures from just 30 balls for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League. Specifics are important.

Miller took five years to score his first ton in ODI cricket and has since gathered four, with 10 half-tons alongside. His ODI average is just under 40, while his T20I aggregate exceeds 30 - all solid enough numbers on the face of it. At 28 years old, he may well have turned a corner in his international career, which is nearing its eighth year.

Unlike others, who got or are getting lost in the Indian Premier League and Caribbean Premier League, Miller has used that cricket to hone his skills - and is a better Proteas batsman for it. Spoken about as a potential ODI opener or even Test match option in some circles, Miller will probably find those possibilities a bridge too far for now.

Meanwhile, from Robbie Frylinck to Beuran Hendricks and Mangaliso Mosehle - the T20I unit for the Bangladesh series had a really good look to it. Even Aaron Phangiso managed to squeeze his way in there - and remains a decent choice despite his on- and off-field misgivings of the past. Like Robin Peterson, he'll never be great, just good enough.

I see, too, Ottis Gibson will take over as South Africa's bowling coach. This will add to his primary role as head coach, but is the right move. Charl Langeveldt has been hanging around for too long - and can't be credited with much. Claude Henderson should go too. The Gibson-led shake-up, which will soon be galvanised by AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn's return to the Test XI, can only be good for South African cricket.

The views expressed above are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of Hollywoodbets.

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