Tuesday 6 January 2009 

Miller Hopes To Continue Good Start To New Year

West Indian left-arm spinner Nikita Miller made a good start to 2009 when he took two for 26 to help his side take a 1-0 lead in their One Day International series in New Zealand and he hopes that that performance is a sign of things to come.

“It was my first bowl in a match for the tour and I really enjoyed it,” Miller said. “The pitches are different from those at home and the conditions are cold. It has been a challenge, but I made the adjustment quickly and I think I handled myself pretty well in the first match.”

He added: “All in all I was happy with the performance. I put in the hard work before the match and got some reward. Hard work pays off all the time, so that’s the way I see it.”

Ramnaresh Sarwan hit the winning runs in the final over of what became a 28 overs per side match in Christchurch after the opening match at the Queenstown Events Centre was rained off.

The third match takes place at the Westpac Stadium on January 7th.

“For me as a young player I always try and put myself on trial," Miller added. "I am not a permanent fixture in the team and even though it is not a trial match as such, I always treat it as a trial. I always give 100 percent and more and look to get better and better each time I go up there,” said the soft-spoken Miller, who made his international debut in July 2008 against Australia.

“I’m confident and will be looking to put in another quality performance [on Wednesday] and in the two matches after that as well. It will be a busy year for the West Indies team so I’m looking to put in quality performances so I can have a good year and the team can have a successful year as well.”

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