South Africa’s Duminy calls time on test ca­reer

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) - South Africa all-rounder JP Duminy has de­cided to quit test cricket but will con­tinue to fea­ture in the shorter for­mats of the game, the 33-yearold said yes­ter­day.

Duminy was dropped from the Proteas squad after the first test at Lord’s in a four-match se­ries against Eng­land in July and has since not fea­tured in the long­est for­mat.

In 46 tests, Duminy scored 2,103 runs at an av­er­age of 32.85. He also picked up 42 wick­ets with his off­spin.

“After long and care­ful de­lib­er­a­tion, I have de­cided to re­tire from first-class and test match cricket with im­me­di­ate ef­fect,” Duminy, who opted out of the open­ing round of do­mes­tic first­class fix­tures in South Africa, said in a state­ment.

“It is an ex­pe­ri­ence that can­not be re­placed and one I will al­ways cher­ish. Test cricket has al­ways been the pin­na­cle and I’ve been for­tu­nate enough to ex­pe­ri­ence some mem­o­rable high­lights with the Proteas and also in first-class matches with the WSB Cape Co­bras.”

Duminy made his test de­but with an un­beaten half-cen­tury at Perth against Aus­tralia in 2008 to help South Africa hunt down a tar­get of 414, the sec­ond-high­est suc­cess­ful run-chase in test cricket.

“In the years ahead, my fo­cus will be placed on at­tain­ing lim­ite­dovers cricket suc­cess for South Africa and the WSB Cape Co­bras...” he added.

South Africa’s next test as­sign­ment is a two-match home se­ries against Bangladesh from Sept. 28.

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