AB: Miller likely to continue in opening role

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South Africa captain AB de Villiers has hinted that David Miller will continue to open the batting in the ODI format on the India tour as the visitors try to counter the home side's spinners.

The Proteas, who are joint favourites for the next ODI with Betbright, sprang a surprise in the third match of the five-match series in Rajkot when Miller and not Hashim Amla walked out to start the innings with Quinton De Kock.

Although he never made a big score, the left-hander hit 33 and shared in a brisk opening stand with De Kock as the two put on 72 for the first wicket in 13 overs, with the tourists eventually posting a winning score of 270 for seven.

De Villiers explained that the Proteas management want to keep their best players of spin to bat the bulk of the overs in the middle of the innings.

Speaking after the game, De Villiers said of Miller: "He is a very positive player. I like him up the order with new hard ball in India. It gives myself, Hashim [Amla] and Francois [du Plessis] an opportunity to bat against the spinners in the middle overs.

"They've got 30 overs of spin in the game and I'd like to think Hashim, myself and Faf are the best players of spin in the team so for us to bat three, four and five gives India a feeling that they've got a lot of work to do to get through our batting line up which worked to the 't' today.

"Hashim didn't come off, I also didn't come off but Faf came off. There's always one of the three that comes off in the middle overs and gives freedom for Farhaan [Behardien] and JP [Duminy] to enjoy themselves at the end."

The fourth ODI takes place in Chennai on Thursday with the Proteas leading the series two-one.

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