Du Plessis: Miller has a bright future

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Faf du Plessis feels talent like David Miller, pictured, shows just how strong South Africa are
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Faf du Plessis feels talent like David Miller, pictured, shows just how strong South Africa are

Faf du Plessis believes the absence of David Miller from South Africa's one-day squad is testament to their depth of quality.

Yorkshire overseas star Miller, 23, was the marquee attraction at the Friends Life t20 finals day, scoring 47 in the semi-final defeat of Sussex before unleashing some devastating blows on his way to 72 not out against Hampshire in the showpiece.

"David has a bright future ahead of him and I look forward to playing with him one day, but we have just got quite a lot (of destructive batsman)," said Du Plessis. "We're blessed with a lot of good cricketers at the moment and things are going well on the domestic scene too so we're looking forward."

Miller struck five huge sixes and five additional boundaries in a memorable 46-ball knock but was on the losing side at the Swalec Stadium as Hampshire held on for victory.

Although he has made 16 one-day appearances alongside eight Twenty20 caps for his country he is not in the Proteas' current NatWest Series squad.

The 15 men that did make the cut were training at the Ageas Bowl ahead of Tuesday's second ODI against England and Du Plessis believes the decision to leave Miller in the 'A' squad for the time being is an ominous one for the opposition.

"David is a raw up-and-coming talent," added the 28-year-old. "He can strike a ball very hard. He's a bit like Albie Morkel, but Albie just has a lot more experience."

The first match of the 50-over series was washed out in Cardiff after just 5.3 overs on Friday, meaning Du Plessis and the rest of the players who did not feature in the tourists' 2-0 Test series win are eager to get their claws into England.

But as a former county cricketer - he spent two years with Lancashire on a Kolpak contract between 2008 and 2010 - Du Plessis is seemingly more eager than most to get under way.

"I've looked forward to playing in England again so much," he said. "I really enjoyed my time with Lancashire and I was counting down the days to come back to England. It's been a while. Luckily I was in the Test squad so I got here a little earlier but I'm really looking forward to playing these grounds again."

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