Durham sign South African batsman David Miller for T20

David Miller

Miller has a T20 average of 41.00 for South Africa

Durham have signed South African batsman David Miller to their squad for the county's 2011 Twenty20 commitments.

The 21-year-old has featured in one-day and Twenty20 cricket at international level and plays domestic cricket with Dolphins in his native country.

"He's just made his way into international cricket, and is highly rated within South Africa," Durham coach Geoff Cook told BBC Newcastle.

"He's got a huge reputation and a lot of potential."

Cook added: "Sometimes you can get the right people at the right time, with the right mentality, and hopefully we've got him."

Miller has already received the seal of approval from former Durham captain and compatriot Dale Benkenstein.

"He's from the east coast of South Africa, from Durban, and Dale has seen him grow up as a lad," Cook continued.

"He's played with him, seen how he hits a cricket ball, seen how he approaches games, how he plays in big games, and takes the pressure which is a big thing.

"Although it looks active and pressureless cricket, in itself it's really high-pressure stuff."

Miller has made 13 one-day international appearances, with a batting average of 26.57, while in Twenty20s he has an average of 41 from six games.

Previously Durham have invested in overseas talent such as Shivnarine Chanderpaul, David Warner and Albie Morkel for the Twenty20 campaign, but are unlikely to add to Miller's arrival for this season.

"I don't think we'll add another, unless we fall upon a few thousand quid, you'd always like to sign people on," Cook said.

"You look at the staff we have and we've got a lot of excellent cricketers, and it's up to us as a coaching staff, as a management planning team, to make sure the excellent talent we have knows exactly what is expected of them and work with a reasonable direction towards that.

"If we do that, then get off to a good start, then you never know where that will take you."