Du­miny re­leased from SA squad for rest of se­ries

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

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.

J P Du­miny

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