Keith Miller

Country: Australia
Born: November 28, 1919, Sunshine, Melbourne, Victoria
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast
Died: October 11, 2004, Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne, Victoria, (aged 84y 318d)

Keith Miller Bio

Keith Ross Miller, affectionately known as “Nugget,” was an iconic Australian cricket player who captivated audiences with his dazzling performances both on and off the field. Born on November 28, 1919, in Sunshine, Melbourne, Miller’s impact on the game of cricket extended beyond his extraordinary abilities as a batsman and bowler.

At the core of Miller’s success was his multifaceted approach to the game. His classical batting style, characterized by a textbook square-drive, quickly earned him recognition as a future star. In fact, a photograph of Miller executing this shot became a fixture on the desk of the cricket-loving Australian Prime Minister, Robert Menzies. With a Test debut in 1946, Miller went on to represent his country 55 times, amassing 2958 runs at an impressive average of 36.97.

However, Miller’s formidable talents extended beyond batting. His partnership with Ray Lindwall formed one of the most lethal new-ball combinations in cricket history. With his dynamic and fiery bowling, Miller played a pivotal role in Australia’s success, claiming an impressive haul of 170 wickets at an average of 22.97. His ability to seamlessly transition from orthodox to unorthodox deliveries further solidified his reputation as a skillful and unpredictable bowler.

Off the field, Miller’s larger-than-life personality captivated fans and teammates alike. His experiences as a fighter pilot during World War II instilled in him a profound appreciation for life, which occasionally manifested as disinterest on the cricket field. This temperament sometimes strained his relationship with the indomitable Don Bradman, Australia’s unyielding captain. Nonetheless, Miller’s leadership skills were undeniable, and he showcased them while captaining New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield.

Miller’s unconventional approach to captaincy was often exemplified by his field settings, where he would simply tell his players to “scatter.” A memorable incident occurred when Miller, having forgotten to nominate a 12th man, humorously remarked, “Well, one of you had better bugger off.”

Beyond cricket, Miller embraced life with passion and enthusiasm. He emphasized that there was more to existence than the sport itself, similar to his English soulmate, Denis Compton. Miller’s adventurous spirit and wide social circles allowed him to forge friendships with influential figures, including Sir Paul Getty. These relationships supported his career as a journalist and columnist, where he shared his insights and experiences both on and off the cricket field.

In October 2004, Miller passed away, leaving behind a lasting legacy in the world of cricket. His dynamic playing style, exemplary leadership, and unique approach to life continue to inspire future generations of cricketers. Keith Ross Miller will forever be remembered as an exceptional batsman, formidable bowler, and an individual who genuinely seized the essence of what it means to embrace life to the fullest.

Keith Miller Career Stats

Keith Miller Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 55 87 7 2958 147 36.97 - - 7 13 - 28 38 0
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ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 226 326 36 14183 281* 48.9 - - 41 63 - - 136 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Keith Miller Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 55 95 10461 3906 170 7/60 10/152 22.97 2.24 61.5 8 7 1
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ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 226 - 28070 11087 497 7/12 - 22.3 2.36 56.4 - 16 1
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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