The best is yet to come

We speak to JP Du­miny, who says he is proud of the Proteas’ 2016

CityPress - - Sport - SIMNIKIWE XABANISA sports@city­press.co.za Hashim Amla Kagiso Rabada

I would def­i­nitely have to say this was our 5-0 one-day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) white­wash against Aus­tralia. We go into every se­ries with the am­bi­tion to win, and, gen­er­ally, when you achieve that early in a se­ries, you tend to back off.

But the hunger and the de­ter­mi­na­tion within the team to “strive for more” were re­mark­able and were a great in­spi­ra­tion to me, per­son­ally.

Low­light of the year:

[For me], be­ing left out of the New Year’s test at the be­gin­ning of the year.

A New Year’s test is cer­tainly one of our iconic events on the test cal­en­dar, and some­thing one al­ways wants to be part of.

Sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment of the year:

Be­ing given the No 4 spot in the test team against New Zealand.

One al­ways feels that bat­ting No 4 has quite a bit of re­spon­si­bil­ity and sig­nif­i­cance, and it’s an hon­our to be given that re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Give that man a Bells (per­for­mance of the year):

Quin­ton de Kock for his knock [178 off 113 balls] against Aus­tralia in the first ODI [at Cen­tu­rion].

Sum­mary of year:

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There were many ups and downs, much to re­flect on and to be thank­ful for. I’m proud of what we have achieved this year as a team. And I be­lieve the best is yet to come.

Kyle Ab­bott, al­ways a team man. And when he’s given an op­por­tu­nity, he de­liv­ers.

Look out for:

[Co­bras all­rounder] Ja­son Smith. He’s im­mensely tal­ented and one to look out for in the fu­ture.

What the sport needs for Christ­mas:

A good vic­tory in the Box­ing Day test match. ICC sil­ver­ware in the

T20 In­ter­na­tion­als

form of the 2017 Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy would also be nice...

Best sport­ing mo­ment from an­other code:

Wayde van Niek­erk break­ing the world record in the 400m at the Olympics at Rio this year.

What I’m do­ing for the hol­i­days:

[I’ll be] do­ing day-to-day things around the house and pre­tend­ing to live a nor­mal life for a while.

Matches: Eight In­nings: 13 Runs: 661 High­est Score: 201 Av­er­age: 50.94 Cen­turies: Two Fifties: Three Matches: Eight In­nings: 14 Wick­ets: 42 Overs: 247.2 Runs: 934 BBI: 7/112 BBM: 13/144 Av­er­age: 22.23 Econ­omy: 3.77 Matches: 17 In­nings: 17 Runs: 857 178 High­est Score: Av­er­age: 57.13 108.61 Strike Rate: Cen­turies: Three Matches: 15 In­nings: 14 Wick­ets: 27 Overs: 131 Runs: 675 BBI: 7/45 Av­er­age: 25 Fifties: Three Econ­omy: 5.15 Matches: Seven In­nings: Seven Runs: 308 High­est Score: 97 not out Av­er­age: 77 Strike Rate: 146.66 Fifties: Four Matches: Nine In­nings: Nine Wick­ets: 16 Overs: 36 Runs: 235 BBI: 4/21 Av­er­age: 14.68 Econ­omy: 6.35

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