Miller eyes World T20 in India next year


South Africa batsman David Miller believe the Proteas can prepare for the World T20 in India next year by winning their matches in the lead-up to the tournament.

The Proteas take on New Zealand in the first of two T20 matches in Durban on Friday, and Miller knows the long-term goal is ultimately the world event next year.

But with the surfaces in South Africa and India vastly different to each other, what exactly can one learn from the two matches against the Black Caps?

Miller thinks winning as much as possible in the build-up to the tournament will help with confidence no matter how different the conditions are.

The left-handed Miller said: "Everyone long term is really thinking of that (World T20) because it's a dream for a lot of people growing up playing cricket to get to a World Cup.

"I think everyone will have that at the back of their minds, but in saying that I think we're going to have to focus hard on this series.

"It's two completely different surfaces – India and South Africa – so we just want to really knuckle down and try win a lot of games leading up to that World Cup and be really high on confidence."

The second T20 will take place on Sunday at Centurion. The sides will then contest three ODIs.