Durham Twenty20 signing David Miller believes his Indian Premier League experience has improved him as a player in the short-form game.
The 21-year-old was signed by IPL side Kings XI Punjab after impressing in short-form and four-day cricket with Dolphins in his native South Africa.
"I just got back from the IPL, didn't get a game but I learnt a lot from the team," Miller told BBC Newcastle.
"I worked with the spinners and hitting the bad ball, which is key there."
Miller added: "Generally I really learned about and picked up on the atmosphere with supporters who are passionate and love the game and it's great to play there."
Durham will have Miller's services for the Twenty20 competition, starting with the visit of Warwickshire on Thursday.
Meanwhile the Natal-born left-hander follows in the footsteps of players such as Albie Morkel, David Warner and Ross Taylor in filling the overseas player role at Durham.
"It's a great opportunity to come in and get to know guys off the field, really want to be the best team player that I can be," Miller said.
"I've heard lots of good stories, I hope I can continue and I'm looking forward to it."
Miller's 20 T20 matches have yielded 436 runs, including 33 fours and 17 sixes, and a personal best tally of 90.