South African batsman JP Duminy will be returning home ahead of the third Test match against England at The Oval, reported the DNA. South Africa’s management said on Monday that the left-handed batsman would return home and will not be a part of the South Africa Test squad for the next two Tests left in the series. One wonders if this is a sign of an end to Duminy’s Test career?
Aiden Markram, who has not yet played a single Test will stay with the team as the backup batsman. Duminy’s loss of form has not helped him in this series. In the last 10 Test innings, Duminy has not scored even a single fifty. His failure in the Lord’s Test meant his ouster was near and so he was dropped in the Trent Bridge Test. The fact that South Africa won the second Test by 340 runs means that the management is ready to settle for the winning playing XI and there might not be many twists and turns in the team from here on.
The left-handed batsman has scored just 121 runs in the last 8 innings and could manage just 17 runs at Lord’s Test. Numbers and luck are not in favour of Duminy and management now feels that he needs to get back to domestic cricket to improve his performance and work on his weaknesses.
Duminy made his debut for South Africa in the year 2008 and has been on and off in the team due to injury and bad performances. He has played in 46 Tests thus far and has scored 2103 runs at an average of 32.85. His right arm off spin has helped him scalp 42 wickets in these games