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SA open to thinking of promoting David Miller up the order- skipper Temba Bavuma

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South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma is ready to have a talk with David Miller about promoting him up the batting order in the T20s, as they look forward to a five-match series against India in June.

Miller had a brilliant season in IPL 2022 for the Gujarat Titans (GT), where he batted mainly at number 5 for the Titans and scored 481 runs at an average of 68.71, the most runs ever for him in IPL, with a strike rate of 143.

“He has performed exceedingly well in IPL. Whatever feelings of insecurity he had are gone now. We will have a conversation. He is an important member of the team. If he feels he can add more value higher up the order, it is a conversation to have,” Bavuma told reporters.

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South Africa will also intend to get their batting order settled before the commencement of the T20 World Cup in Australia, in October.

“The important thing is to prepare for the World Cup,” Bavuma says. “The guys need to be in a competitive space. And the India series will be an important part of the competitive process, even if the conditions will be different in Australia.”

Adding further, Bavuma said that although they want to win the series, they will rotate players in order to cut down on their burden.

“We haven’t got together as a team but the rest of the (non-IPL players) have had good sessions. We will arrive a bit early to get familiarised. With multiple formats (this season), it will be important to manage the workload, especially the bowlers,” said Bavuma.

(Reuters inputs)

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