MILLER: "I'll be there like a shot."— 24 June 2013
David Miller is desperate to return to Yorkshire colours in the coming years.
The South Africa batsman has passed up the opportunity of a two-week spell with the Vikings at the start of this season’s Friends Life t20 competition due to his need for a break after a hectic two years.
The destructive left-hander was a star of the county’s path to last season’s domestic final and to the group stages of the Champions League in his homeland. He scored 457 runs from 14 matches, including four fifties.
Miller, aged 24, has since starred at the Indian Premier League and is making a name for himself in international limited overs cricket with the Proteas.
And that is a big part of the reason why he has opted against playing up to six North Division matches for the White Rose.
South Africa have a limited overs tour to Sri Lanka running from July 20 to August 6.
“Basically I’ve been at the IPL and then I went straight to Holland and then to the Champions Trophy,” explained the Dolphins ace. “Looking back at the last two years, I’ve been going, going, going. It’s been a hectic time for me.
“Coming off a big season back in South Africa and then in mid-July we go to Sri Lanka for a month, it’s a two-week gap now I have to gather myself before the tour. I just felt I needed to mentally recharge.
“At the end of the day, I spoke to Jason Gillespie about it and said ‘I really enjoyed my time at Yorkshire last year, will always cherish the times and would love to come back’. It is just unfortunate the way things have worked.
“It will be a nice little time for me to get back and touch base with reality.
“Like I said to Jason ‘I would love to be back’. If there’s an opportunity to be there next year, I’ll be there like a shot,” he continued.
“In the last two years with my cricket, I’ve been fortunate to travel around and play with quite a few different teams. That’s one thing I really enjoy, meeting new people.
“At Yorkshire, the guys were really good to me from the management, the people behind the scenes in the offices and the players. They are all really good people. I was surprised I got attached to the place like I did. It really was a great time.”
Yorkshire’s first FLt20 match is against Derbyshire at Headingley on Friday.