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South Africa all-rounder Jean Paul (JP) Duminy has announced that he wants to become captain sooner rather than later.
Duminy’s comments come after he was one of four candidates chosen to replace Graeme Smith as South Africa’s Test captain. Even though he did not get the job or officially apply for it, Duminy believes he has what it takes to lead the Proteas.
“I saw my name there. I didn’t particularly throw my name in the hat but it’s definitely something I have thought about – not necessarily only in Test cricket but also in different formats, maybe even for Delhi [Daredevils] sometime,” Duminy said. “Definitely in the future, I would like to step into that role.
“I’ve played enough cricket to know what it’s about and so it’s about testing myself – whether I can do the job. I am looking forward to the challenge if it comes.”
With Hashim Amla having been appointed as Test captain, Duminy noted that the whole team has to step up and support Amla instead of the same few people doing so all the time.
“Graeme was a guy that led from the front in terms of his aura about himself and the way he conducted himself,” Duminy said. “I don’t think we (the current players) could fit into that role so we’ve got to stick together in terms of what we are trying to achieve as a senior’s group. We’ve got a good understanding between us. We’ve got to focus on what we are trying to do – play good cricket and dominate the international circuit.
“It’s a big loss for us in terms of Graeme and Jacques but the game does go on and we have an opportunity as the new breed of players to step in and fulfill that role as seniors.”
South Africa pace bowler Morne Morkel agreed with Duminy’s views, and said: “We also need to step up and deliver the goods,” Morkel said. “We want to back Hashim and play for him and make his life easier.”
Morkel also stated that Amla would be a successful captain since he lets his cricket do the talking for him.
“Hashim has been leading in the background before he was captain,” Morkel said. “I don’t think it will be a massive change – yes the personality might be a bit different to Graeme but we are all used to Hashim, its nothing new for us.”
Morkel also has no doubt that Amla will lead by example.
“A leader doesn’t have to talk and say all the nice things. A leader goes out and scores runs or does well and that’s when people follow. Hashim ticks all those boxes,” Morkel said. “He goes out in tough conditions and he scores runs. When guys are bowling fast, he delivers – that’s the sign of a quality leader and it inspires guys to do those things too. It’s not all about words, we know all of those things, it’s about going out and fronting up.”