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Test ready? ... Top bowler Miller mum on West Indies snub

Published:Monday | December 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMJermaine Lannaman

Left-arm spin bowler Nikita Miller has refused to comment on whether or not he believes he should be playing Test cricket for the West Indies given his years of domination at the WICB-Digicel Four-day Championship level.

Miller, who at the weekend claimed career-best figures of nine for 41 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force for the Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park, has represented the region in one solitary Test.

"I am not going there none at all,'' said Miller when asked about his future as a West Indies Test player.

"I am not looking that far right now as my focus is the Scorpions. I am the captain and, as you know, we have not been in the top two for a little while, so, hopefully, we can change that,'' Miller added.

"If we continue to improve, I believe we have a chance at winning this tournament. That is where my mind is,'' he added.




Miller, who boasts 25 five-wicket hauls and 10 ten-wicket hauls in 85 first-class appearances, saw his lone Test coming in 2009 when he was a part of a makeshift West Indies team, which hosted Bangladesh after several first-choice players boycotted the series.

Since then, he has gone on to only represent the West Indies in One-day and Twenty20 internationals - including two World Cups.

He has also claimed four leading wicket taker awards since making his debut in 2005, and amassed two First-Class Cricketer of the Year accolades.

His last leading wicket-taker performance was last season, where he took 55 wickets in nine matches, while, this season, he is currently leading all bowlers with 25 wickets from four matches.

He entered the fourth round in third position on the bowling chart on 13 wickets, one behind fellow left-arm spinner, Guyanese Veerasammy Permaul. Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall of the Leeward Islands led with 19 victims.

Another left-arm spinner, Barbadian Jomel Warrican, who,M along with Permaul, has in recent times been preferred by the West Indies selectors ahead of Miller as it relates to Tests, started the round with 10 wickets.