A shoulder injury has sidelined South African all-rounder JP Duminy ahead of what was set to be a busy cricket schedule for the 34-year-old. After the Proteas limited-overs tour of Australia, Duminy was set to represent the Cape Town Blitz in the Mzansi Super League being held in South Africa, but that appears to be a forgone conclusion now.
All of a sudden, injury carnage is starting to eat away at this South African team with some big names already being ruled out of their limited-overs tour of Australia next month. All-rounder Wiaan Mulder will miss the tour due to an achilles injury, Hashim Amla is still recovering from a finger tendon issue he picked up in the Caribbean Premiere League, and the latest to join the casualty ward is JP Duminy who aggravated a right shoulder injury against Zimbabwe. South Africa will be crossing their fingers they can make it to Australia without any more injury concerns, particularly to the batsmen with only a handful of notable players in the squad already. Skipper Faf du Plessis, wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock and the aggressive David Miller are amongst the handful of individuals South Africa will be relying on in under a month’s time. It’s not exactly the Proteas strongest squad heading down under, but then again neither is Australia’s which should make for an interesting ODI series.
You simply can’t buy experience in International cricket, and that’s where South Africa are really going to miss JP Duminy’s expertise with the bat, ball and in the field. As his careers ventured on, the veteran has taken a backseat in terms of his output given some of the up & coming talent coming through the ranks, but he’s been right in the thick of it when they’ve needed him and more often than not prevailed. Duminy had a reasonable series with the bat against Sri Lanka back in August, and his part-time spin continues to be a valuable asset when they’re looking to burn some quick overs. The 34-year-old was recently handed the captaincy for the Zimbabwe ODI series which South Africa ended up winning convincingly 3-0, his own form with the bat didn’t eventuate to much though with a top score of 16 not out. He managed just one out of a possible three T20I’s where he looked in good touch at Potchefstroom finishing unbeaten on 33 off 26 deliveries which saw them defeat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets.
Duminy has a decent ODI batting record when it comes to playing in Australia, he averages 58.33 from five matches with an active strike rate of 91.14. The South African all-rounder also has a bowling average of 39.00 when it comes to playing the Aussies down under, not a bad option to fall back on if things aren’t going your way out in the field. Unfortunately for the Proteas, they’ll be without Duminy which could potentially see an unsung hero step up and rise to the occasion in his absence. Farhaan Behardien, one of three inclusions for South Africa’s tour of Australia will be eager to consolidate a spot in this one-day side as the preferred all-rounder as Duminy recovers from his injury on the sideline.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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