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JP Duminy admits he ‘deserved’ to be dropped from South Africa’s Test team

JP Duminy, who was dropped from Cricket South Africa’s Test squad midway through the England tour, announced his retirement from the longest format earlier this year.

cricket Updated: Oct 12, 2017 12:19 IST
Devarchit Varma
Devarchit Varma
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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South Africa's JP Duminy retired from Test cricket earlier this year. (AP)

JP Duminy has admitted he ‘deserved’ to be dropped from the Cricket South Africa’s Test team after a string of low scores. Duminy, who announced his retirement from Tests and First-Class cricket in September earlier this year, was axed from the Test side midway through the England tour.

Having gone through a prolonged lean patch with the bat, Duminy was sacked after the Lord’s Test, which South Africa lost by 211 runs. His own contribution in that crushing defeat was just 15 and 2 in the two innings.

Duminy admitted that having gone through such a tough phase, he felt a change was needed.

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“Walking off after Lord’s, I felt a change needed to happen. I rightly deserved to be dropped. There were guys putting up their hands for places and I felt I needed a different path,” Duminy was quoted as saying to ESPNcricinfo.

Focussed on 2019 World Cup

The all-rounder is now focussing on prolonging his limited-overs career and aims to play the next World Cup, to be held in England in 2019. The 33-year-old admitted it’ll be a tough challenge for him to maintain his form and earn a place in the side.

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“Every player wants to win the World Cup but we still have a long way to go. To be there, I have to keep putting in good performances. It’s good to have a long-term goal but it’s also important that we stay focused on the present and what’s in front of us,” he said.

Duminy will now be leading the South African Invitation XI in a tour match against Bangladesh. He was also set to lead the Cape Town Knight Riders in the T20 Global League 2017 (T20GL), until its inaugural edition was called off by Cricket South Africa (CSA) a couple of days back due to logistical issues.

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“It is disappointing, not just from a South African point of view but also from a global point of view. I think the manner in which it has been postponed is the most disappointing,” Duminy said on the postponement of the South African T20 league.

“I’m hoping it’s not the end. I’m hoping it can recover and we can come to a consensus about the way forward,” he added.

JP Duminy played 46 Tests for South Africa from 2008 to 2017, scoring 2,103 runs at 32.85 with six hundreds and eight fifties. He also claimed 42 wickets as an offspin bowler.

First Published: Oct 12, 2017 12:18 IST