South Africa captain Temba Bavuma is open to talks with David Miller about hitting higher order in Twenty20s as the team prepares for a five-match tour through India starting in June.
Miller has failed in recent years to impress South Africa in white ball cricket, but had an excellent season of Indian Premier League (IPL) with champions Gujarat Titans in a beautiful reversal of form.
He hit mostly at number five, as opposed to his usual six with South Africa, where he scored 481 with the best average in the league at 68.71 at a strike level of 143.
“He has performed very well in IPL. All feelings of insecurity he had are now gone,” Bavuma told reporters on Tuesday.
“We’ll have a conversation. He’s an important member of the team. If he feels he can add more value higher in the order, it’s a conversation to have.”
South Africa wants to place its batting order in this series with the T20 World Cup in Australia to follow in October.
“The most important thing is to prepare for the World Cup,” said Bavuma. “The boys need to be in a competitive space. And the India series will be an important part of the competitive process, even if the conditions in Australia will be different.”
Bavuma added that as much as they want to win the series, there will be an element of rotation to manage the load.
“We did not meet as a team, but the rest of the (non-IPL players) had good sessions. We arrive a little early to get acquainted.
“With multiple formats (this season) it will be important to manage the workload, especially the bowlers.”
The series starts on June 9 in Delhi and ends 10 days later in Bangaluru.