Duminy released from SA squad for rest of series
London, UK –J P Duminy has been released from South Africa's squad for the last two Tests in England.
Duminy had been dropped for the second Test at Trent Bridge, which South Africa won by 340 runs to square the series, after managing only 17 runs across two innings in the first at Lord's. South Africa has opted to keep Aiden Markram as batting cover instead.
Markram, the 2014 U19 World Cup-winning captain and Titans opener, was part of the South Africa A squad that toured England earlier in the summer and initially included in the squad to cover for the absence of Faf du Plessis, who missed the first Test following the birth of his daughter.
Markram was expected to leave the group and begin preparations for the new season once du Plessis returned but he was asked to stay on for the second Test and will now remain with the squad even longer after Duminy's departure.
Though Markram is unlikely to play, with South Africa opting for six specialist batsmen and Theunis de Bruyn ahead of him, the selectors are hopeful he will gain valuable experience from spending time with the national side.
The investments being made into Markram and de Bruyn suggest that the end of Duminy's nine-year Test career is nigh.
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