Test Cricket is the Ultimate Format: JP Duminy
The debate over the longevity of Test cricket will go on for sometime. But according to the senior South Africa batsman JP Duminy, it is the ultimate satisfaction for any individual. Like many other cricketers, batting all-rounderDuminy too hung up his boots from the longest format of the game. But, all in all, he is a vocal supporter of the red-ball format.
On quitting the format, he said it gave him more time to focus on the brand of cricket he wants to play. The left-hander is a prominent part of the South African squad in limited-overs cricket.
“In terms of not playing four-day and Test cricket, it’s sort of narrowed my focus, which is good. I kind of identified how I would want to play the game and what style of cricket I want to play and just commit fully to that,” said Duminy at the Cape Cobras season launch.
JP Duminy on the longer version of the game
The 34-year-old played 46 Tests, scoring 2,103 runs along with six hundreds and eight fifties. With the ball, the right-arm spinner bagged 42 wickets.
“I still believe the ultimate format is four-day cricket. You want to become a Test player, you have to play four-day cricket. There’s no better feeling than getting a Test cap or scoring a Test hundred no matter what format you play that’s always going to be the ultimate. So I don’t foresee the Test cricket or four-day dying necessarily. There’s still that love for the game,” Duminy added.
On David Miller’s ‘no’ to Test cricket
Duminy also spoke about his colleague David Miller’s decision to quit the Test cricket. Duminy said that it was his call and it must have helped him prioritise his game with a clear head.
”It comes down to the individual and what their preferences are. I think in terms of David it’s purely a strategic move, him trying to solely focus on giving himself the best chance for the World Cup squad,” Duminy maintained.
“I don’t necessarily see that the game is going to die in the near future, I think the excitement and love for red ball cricket and specifically Test cricket is most definitely still there,” he added.
For the Proteas, JP Duminy has somewhat fared well in the Test Cricket.
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