South Africa batsman JP Duminy has announced his retirement from Tests and First-Class cricket. He will, however, be available for selection in the limited-overs format for his domestic side as well as the South African national team. Duminy was dropped from the South African squad after the first Test at Lord’s. His future in the Proteas’ Test team became uncertain after that.
Duminy spoke to Independent Media regarding his future plans. “I certainly know that my playing career is far from over, and my hope is that with the backing of Cricket South Africa, the WSB Cape Cobras, teammates, family, friends and supporters, I will be given the opportunity to continue to give my very best to the sport that I love dearly,” Duminy said.
“But after a long and careful deliberation, I have decided to retire from first-class and Test-match cricket with immediate effect. “I have thoroughly enjoyed the privilege and opportunity to represent my country in 46 Tests and the Cape Cobras in 108 first-class matches over the last 16 years,” Duminy added.
Duminy finishes his Test career with 2,103 at 32.85 runs from 46 Tests. He also picked up 42 wickets. Duminy also had a prolific First-Class career, where he scored 6,774 runs at 46.08, with the highest score of 260 not out.
Duminy made his Test debut against Australia at Perth and scored an unbeaten fifty in the historic run-chase. He followed that up with 166 at Adelaide – which till date remains his highest Test score.