Touring Sri Lanka was an invaluable experience for the entire team, says JP Duminy

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Duminy attributed his success to his knowledge of the conditions and past visits to the subcontinent

South Africa all-rounder Jean Paul (JP) Duminy has admitted that the Proteas’ tour of Sri Lanka has been an invaluable experience to the entire team since not many of the players have played in the subcontinent before.

Duminy was one of the more successful South African players throughout the series with both the bat and ball and attributed his success to his knowledge of the conditions and pitches, as well as his past visits to other subcontinent nations.

“It’s quite similar to India, Dubai and Bangladesh,” Duminy said. “I have been to these places a few times over the years and had a fair bit of success as well.

“So it’s probably paying some dividends on this tour, I’m very pleased with the way my own game has gone.”

The 29-year-old was named the Man of the Series for the Twenty20 series after scoring two half-centuries in three games and picking up three wickets to go along with his spectacular batting performances.

Duminy also shared his secret to achieving success in the subcontinent, stating that it was all about taking the attack to the spinners.

“Most of the sub-continental teams have world-class spinners,” Duminy said. “Being able to combat their attacks is about experience.

“As you play against them regularly you sort of get used to them and you find ways of getting on top of them. We have a great series coming up in Dubai against Pakistan’s world-class spinners like Afridi and Ajmal so it will be a good test for us, especially looking ahead to the World Cup in Bangladesh next year.”

The South African all-rounder was also pleased to have secured a 2-1 win in the Twenty20 series following a 4-1 thrashing in the ODI series.

“Winning in these conditions is not easy,” Duminy explained. “We have to take a lot of confidence out of this win, especially with the World Twenty20 being in these conditions.

“Experience is the key; these players will get more opportunities against Pakistan and India later this year and hopefully they will have plans in place to combat their spinners.”

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