Miller’s a batsman too

(WICB) West Indies were crushed by seven wickets against New Zealand in the third one-day international in Wellington on Wednesday.

New Zealand were 129-3 (20.3 overs) to West Indies 128 all out (41.4 overs).

Daniel Vettori’s four wickets helped New Zealand claim the easy victory to level the series 1-1.

The captain’s figures of 4-20 off 10 overs restricted the tourists to 128 with Shivnarine Chanderpaul hitting 45 and Nikita Miller finishing on 25.

In reply, Daren Powell got all three top order batsmen Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder and Jamie How.

But a half-century by Ross Taylor and Daniel Flynn’s 23 saw them home.

At least Miller has made a positive start to 2009 and will be looking to keep up the good work. The left-arm orthodox bowler sent down six overs and took 2-26 in his first bowl of the year in the second One-Day International against New Zealand at Christchurch last Saturday.

The effort helped the West Indies to restrict the home team’s batsmen and take victory in the match by five wickets in the five-match series. The 26-year-old was not part of the team for the two-match Test series, but joined just before Christmas for the two T20 Internationals and the five One-Dayers.

‘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.

‘For me as a young player I always try and put myself on trial. 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.

‘It will be a busy year for the West Indies 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.’