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Miller puts Australia to sword once again

AAP logoAAP 5/10/2016 Ed Jackson

He's done it before but not like this.

South Africa's David Miller was Australia's nemesis in Durban for the second time this year as his stunning 118 not out off 79 balls delivered a remarkable four-wicket victory in Wednesday's third one-day international.

Miller's knock guided the Proteas to an improbable victory target of 372 and secured them an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

It's an innings that surely eclipses his previous match-winning effort against Australia at Kingsmead, an unbeaten 53 in the opening Twenty20 match between the nations in March.

Miller says the reason he rises to the occasion against Australia - even one with what he describes as a "second-string" bowling attack - is their status as the best team in the world.

"My Dad always used to tell me it would always be a special moment if you ever got a chance to play against Australia," the hard-hitting left-hander said.

"They're a huge cricketing nation, to do well against them is always a judge of where you are.

"I don't know what it is but it's panned out that way."

Miller's knock was even more courageous considering he spent most of it battling a groin injury sustained early in his innings.

The 27-year-old said after being dropped by South Africa recently, getting the chance to deliver at such a crucial time for his country was extra special.

"I've been through quite a bit and learnt a lot as well," he said.

"I believe everything happens for a reason and it was a special moment to obviously take the team home and being there at the end - not only getting the hundred."

Miller and his teammates will spend a short amount of time at home before travelling the southern city of Port Elizabeth on Saturday ahead of Sunday's third match at St George's Park.

Whether Miller's groin will keep him out of that contest remains to be seen.

"It got a little bit better as the innings went on but, yeah, I don't know what's going on," he said.

"We'll have to see."

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