In yet another blow to Cricket South Africa, their star all-rounder JP Duminy has decided to quit Test cricket, reported Reuters on Saturday afternoon. It came as a huge shock for the cricket fans as Duminy is just 33-year-old and has some top class cricket still left in him. However, the southpaw has confirmed that he will continue to represent his country in the shorter formats of the game. “After long and careful deliberation, I have decided to retire from first-class and test match cricket with immediate effect,” the left-hander, who scored 2,103 runs in 46 tests, said.
Even though Duminy remains an important part of South Africa’s plans in the limited formats, he has struggled to cement his position in Test XI. Duminy was recently dropped from South Africa’s playing XI after the tourists lost the first Test by 211 runs against England at the Lord’s, and had returned back home ahead of the third Test match at the Oval. In his career, Duminy scored 6 Test centuries and eight half-centuries.
Duminy said that he enjoyed the opportunity to represent his country at this level. “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,” he added.
“It is an experience that cannot be replaced and one I will always cherish. Test cricket has always been the pinnacle and I’ve been fortunate enough to experience some memorable highlights with the Proteas and also in first-class matches with the WSB Cape Cobras,” Duminy told Reuters. He will also continue to play one-day and T20 cricket for the Cobras and the national team. Also, he will be leading the Cape Town Knight Riders in the inaugural edition of T20 Global League.
“In the years ahead, my focus will be placed on attaining limited-overs cricket success for South Africa and the WSB Cape Cobras…” he added.