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June 23, 2014
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Miller wants Test cricket return

Nikita Miller

Spinner Nikita Miller says copping the regional first-class four-day Cricketer of the Year award for the second year running is added motivation for him to continue in his bid to play Test cricket again.

The 32-year-old has so far represented the West Indies in one Test and 45 one-day internationals.

He claimed 52 wickets during the 2013 regional tournament for which the accolade was adjudicated.

This was the same number as Windward Islands off-spinner Shane Shillingford, however, in the eyes of the regional bodies his performances were better.

"It was not a real surprise that I won as both myself and Shillingford were outstanding, and I thought we stood a great chance," said Miller.

"However, I always thought that I had an edge over him as though both of our teams bowed out in the semi-finals, I thought that given that Jamaica went unbeaten in the first round I stood an even better chance."

Emerging Barbados batsman Kraigg Brathwaite and Windward Islands opener, Devon Smith, were the other nominees for the first-class Player of the Year award.

"It's always good to be awarded at the end of the year for the work you put in," continued Miller.

"The season was a good one as I hope it helps me to make a return to the West Indies one-day.

"I am now motivated by the award to continue working, as though I have played only one Test, I really enjoy playing the longer formats, and hope that one day I will be able to play Test cricket again."

Miller, who also has nine Twenty20 internationals to his credit, played his lone Test in 2009 against touring Bangladesh in a series, which was boycotted by several senior West Indies players.

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