Born September 8, 1952, Geoffrey Miller is a former England cricketer who played as an all-rounder. A lower-order batsman and off-spin bowler, he was one of the mainstays for Derbyshire and played in 34 Tests for England.
Miller was educated at Chesterfield Grammar School. He was taught the basics from Norman Vicars and Jim Brailsford. Later, he received a lot of help in Derbyshire from South African all-rounder Eddie Barlow. Miller is nicknamed Dusty.
Miller made his Test debut against West Indies in the famous 1976 series at The Oval. Though England faced a humiliating defeat, Miller didn’t shame himself. He managed to get the wicket of Roy Fredricks and scored steely 34 and 26.
Despite being quite efficient with the bat, the three-figure score eluded Miller. However, he came very close to getting one in his fourth Test. Against Pakistan at Lahore, Miller scored an unbeaten 98 before running out of partners.
In fact, the three-figure score eluded him in First-Class cricket too. Miller registered his first First-Class hundred in his 380th innings. Eventually, he got two of them in First-Class cricket from his 383 matches.
He came close to a Test hundred again in 1982, against India at Old Trafford. Miller and Ian Botham stitched a 169-run stand for the sixth wicket. Botham scored 128 and when Miller was on 98. Facing Dilip Doshi, he was dismissed caught bat-pad at silly-point. Not waiting for the umpire’s decision, he walked. Later, umpire Dickie Bird told Miller that he wouldn’t have given him out.
Miller had a prolific run with both bat and ball in the 1976 season. He finished with 820 runs at 25.62 and 77 wickets at 21.55 winning the ‘Cricket Writers’ Club Young Cricketer of the Year’ award.
England won the 1978-79 Ashes series 5-1 and Miller was one of the English heroes. He scored 234 at 23.40 and was England’s joint highest wicket-taker alongside Botham. He picked 23 wickets at 15.04.
In the same Ashes series, Botham and Miller became the only third and the fourth Englishmen to have scored more than 200 runs and over 20 wickets in an Ashes series in Australia.
Joining the England selection panel in 2000, Miller was named the Chairman of Selectors in 2008. Under him, England saw several highs and rose to the top of the ICC Test rankings in 2011. He stepped down from the position ahead of the Ashes in Australia in 2013-14. Post his retirement as an England selector, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for his services to the game.
Miller ran Moss & Miller, a sporting goods store in Chesterfield, with Chesterfield FC footballer Ernie Moss.