Du­miny calls time on Test ca­reer

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa – South African J P Du­miny re­tired from Test cricket on Satur­day. Du­miny played 46 Tests from De­cem­ber 2008 to July 2017, scored six cen­turies, bowled oc­ca­sional off-spin to claim 42 wick­ets and fin­ished with a bat­ting av­er­age of 32.85.

He was dropped from the start­ing XI af­ter the Lord's Test in July - the first of a four-match se­ries - sent home from the tour af­ter the sec­ond match and opted out of the open­ing round of first-class matches, which starts on Tues­day, height­en­ing spec­u­la­tion his long-form ca­reer was over.

On Satur­day, Du­miny re­leased a state­ment con­firm­ing his in­ten­tion to fo­cus on lim­ited-overs cricket in fu­ture.

"Af­ter long and care­ful de­lib­er­a­tion, I have de­cided to re­tire from first-class and Test match cricket with im­me­di­ate ef­fect. I have thor­oughly en­joyed the priv­i­lege and op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent my coun­try in 46 Tests and the Cape Co­bras in 108 first-class matches overs the past 16 years. 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 Cape Co­bras.

"In re­cent years I have been priv­i­leged to be a se­nior mem­ber and cus­to­dian of a spe­cial team en­vi­ron­ment and cul­ture which has made me very proud," Du­miny's state­ment read. "In the years ahead, my fo­cus will be placed on at­tain­ing lim­ited-overs cricket suc­cess for South Africa and the Cape Co­bras, along with at­tend­ing to my young fam­ily, who have been in­cred­i­bly sup­port­ive and un­der­stand­ing."

Du­miny will likely be best re­mem­bered for the im­pact he made in his maiden Test se­ries against Aus­tralia in 2008. On de­but in Perth, Du­miny struck an un­beaten half-cen­tury and was in­volved in an un­bro­ken 111-run stand for the fifth wicket with A B de Vil­liers to help South Africa run down a tar­get of 414 - the sec­ond-high­est suc­cess­ful run-chase in Test cricket. In the next match, the Box­ing Day Test, he made 166 - his high­est in Tests - to carry South Africa from 251 for eight to 459 and on their way to a se­ries vic­tory.

J P Du­miny

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