South Africa Team Missing JP Duminy
The South Africa Cricket team missed JP Duminy a lot in the recent 5-match ODI series against Australia. They were beaten in the last three games of that series in a row and they ended up losing the series 1-4. It was a blow to South Africa’s World Cup preparations.
The World Cup will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand and South Africa was believed to be the best equipped overseas team for those conditions. But, now, after their comprehensive defeat there, people might start thinking differently.
Duminy’s presence in the South Africa set up would have made a lot of difference in the series. South Africa often lost the plot in the middle overs and that’s because they did not have any experienced player batting at 5 or 6.
Farhaan Behardein and David Miller are newer to international cricket. They have also played quite a few games, but, if compared to Duminy, they are not that wily.
Behardein scored 60 odd playing at SCG, but, if that knock is barred, he was extremely ordinary and so was Miller.
It was not only about Duminy, the batsman. Duminy, the bowler, would also have benefitted South Africa. The 30-year old right arm off spinner would have been handy as the 6th bowler for the Proteas, stopping the boundaries and also, chipping in with a wicket or two. He has got a golden arm; he has been a partnership breaker in the past.
Duminy was actually in the original One Day squad that South Africa had picked for this tour, but, he sustained an injury playing in the T20s, in which he was the captain, and thus, he had to make his way back home. He would be back before the World Cup though.