McLaren happy to complement Miller

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All-rounder Ryan McLaren is looking forward to developing a burgeoning alliance alongside batsman David Miller, ahead of South Africa's second ODI against Sri Lanka in Pallekele on Wednesday.

All-rounder Ryan McLaren is looking forward to developing a burgeoning alliance alongside batsman David Miller, ahead of South Africa's second ODI against Sri Lanka in Pallekele on Wednesday.

While centurion Hashim Amla and half-centurion AB de Villiers formed the backbone of the order first ODI in Colombo, Miller and McLaren's unbroken alliance 55-run stand inside six overs ensured a successful total of 304 for five.

"It is the first game of cricket that I have played in four months so I'm quite happy with how it went. It makes my role easier when you have Miller on the other side hitting the ball out of the park," said McLaren.

"Sometimes I have to understand how to complement David in the partnership, I might need to take it on but when he is going like he did yesterday I just need to be sensible and play around him."

Seamer McLaren was the country's leading wicket-taker in ODI cricket last year and last week delivered a telling spell during Sri Lanka's batting powerplay at the R Premadasa Stadium, completing fine figures of two for 33

"We know that during the powerplay phases the guys are going to come at us. I suppose from playing ODI cricket in the past you get used to being pummeled a bit but you have to accept that fact and stay mentally in the challenge and the fight," he added.

"If you take wickets in the powerplay it changes the momentum of the match. You can't do that with a negative mind-set of just trying to block runs, you have nowhere to hide with only three fielders out."

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