Out-of-form JP Duminy has been released from South Africa’s squad for the last two Tests against England. The left-handed batsman was also dropped from the playing eleven during the second Test at Trent Bridge after his dismal show in South Africa’s heavy 211-run loss in the series-opener at Lord’s. The 33-year old had scored just 15 and 2 in the first Test.
Duminy, who was recalled to the Test team during the 2016 series against England, was promoted to number 4 in AB de Villiers’ absence since August last year but did very little to cement his spot in the team. In the 13 Tests that he played since his comeback, he managed to score only two centuries while averaging a modest 34 which is slightly better than his career-average of 32.85 but surely not enough for such an important position. His record in the last 4 Tests is even more unimpressive as he managed only 121 runs at an average of 17.28 with the top score of just 39 before being dropped for the second Test.
Before the second Test, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis had made it clear that the southpaw was given ‘a longer run’ but he failed to live up to the expectations as the number 4.
“He’s possibly been given a longer run because you know what he presents and how he helps out with the team away from the runs. He’s been the first to acknowledge that his performances have not stacked up – certainly not what we need from a No. 4 batsman,” du Plessis had said.
South Africa had promoted Quinton de Kock at number 4 in the second Test and the move turned out to be a good one as the wicketkeeper-batsman had scored 68 in the first innings. And the Proteas are likely to persist with him for the penultimate Test starting from July 27 at Kennington Oval. The series is currently locked at 1-1 after the visitors won the second Test by a whopping margin of 340 runs.