Colin Miller (cricketer)
|Full name||Colin Reid Miller|
6 February 1964|
|Batting style||Right-handed batsman|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast-medium
|Test debut (cap 379)||1 October 1998 v Pakistan|
|Last Test||18 March 2001 v India|
|Domestic team information|
Miller was a bowler capable of performing effectively either as a right arm fast-medium or offbreak bowler and achieved a Test average of 26.15. A tailend batsman who made three fifties in 126 first-class matches, he is particularly remembered for appearing with his hair dyed blue in a Test match against West Indies in 2001.
He played two games for Victoria in 1985-86, but unable to command a regular place in the state team he moved to South Australia, where he played from 1988-89 to 1991-92. He then moved to Tasmania, where he played from 1992-93 to 1999-2000, before returning to Victoria for 2000-01 and 2001-02. In the 1997-98 season he took 70 wickets at 24.98, including his best innings figures of 7 for 49, when he bowled unchanged throughout Victoria's second innings.
Miller began as a right-arm fast-medium bowler, but changed to right-arm offbreak spin after an ankle injury. He mixed both styles with considerable success, and was a surprise addition to the Australian Test team at the age of 34, being able to act both as the second spin bowler and the third pace bowler. He played Test cricket principally as an off-spinner, and took 69 wickets at an average of 26.15. His best innings and match figures came in the Third Test against West Indies in Adelaide in 2000-01, when he took 5 for 81 and 5 for 32. He won the award for the Australian Test Player of the Year in 2001.
He toured England with Australia A in 1998, then toured Pakistan with the senior Australian side in 1998-99, making his Test debut. He also toured West Indies, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, India and England with the Test team.
He retired from first-class cricket in 2002.
Miller played for Rawtenstall in the Lancashire League in 1990 and 1991, finishing 1990 with 1078 runs and 100 wickets and 1991 with 780 runs and 108 wickets. In 1997 and 1998 (European) summers Miller played in Dutch Netherlands competition for Red and White (HCC Rood en Wit) and apart from taking many wickets was also very successful with the bat.
He coached the Katandra Cricket Club in the Shepparton Cricket Association in 2004-05.