Proteas finisher David Miller has been signed as an overseas professional for the Big Bash League side the Hobart Hurricanes.
Miller joins as a replacement for Jofra Archer who will be unavailable due to England international commitments.
Miller time in Hobart
The experienced left-hander is expected to play a big part for the Hurricanes who are likely to be without Australia regulars D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade and Ben McDermott for a good portion of the tournament.
The Hurricanes home ground Blundstone arena holds fond memories for the Maritzburg College Old Boy who crunched 139 from just 108 balls in an ODI win over Australia at the ground in 2018.
“It’s very exciting to welcome a player of David’s calibre to the Hurricanes,’ said Cricket Tasmania chief executive officer Nick Cummins.
“We’ve built a reputation as a destination club among internationals, and we are confident David’s hard-hitting batting will give our members and fans great entertainment, and possibly a few opportunities to catch a six.
“We expect to lose some batting experience throughout the season, so David will provide valuable runs in our drive to our third successive finals campaign.”
Miller brings the number of South Africans committed to the BBL up to four. Chris Morris and AB de Villiers set to turn out for the Sydney Sixers and Brisbane Heat. Dale Steyn will test his fitness in the Mzansi Super League before joining the Melbourne Stars. Miller, Morris and Steyn are all available for Proteas T20I selection.
The stint allows Miller to get valuable T20 experience across Australia ahead of the T20 World Cup which the country will host in 2020.
Miller will be available to play all 14 of the Hurricanes home and away games before returning to play for Proteas duty against England during the limited-overs portion of their tour to South Africa.
The Proteas star joins Afghan Qais Ahmad as the club’s second overseas signing for BBL|09.
The Hobart Hurricanes BBL|09 campaign begins on 20 December against the Sydney Sixers at Traeger Park in Alice Springs.
Brisbane Heat and the Sydney Thunder kick off BBL|09 on 17 December at The Gabba.