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South Africa head coach Russell Domingo has announced that all-rounder Jean Paul (JP) Duminy is “highly unlikely” to play in the upcoming Test series against the West Indies.
Duminy, who is currently recovering from a knee injury, is likely to be replaced by Stiaan van Zyl.
“It’s a tough one because Test cricket is the ultimate and if guys are available, they want to be playing,” Domingo said. “But we also have got to realise that the World Cup is a big tournament and JP is a big player for us in that format as he is in every format. We need to assess where he is in the next week or two.”
Domingo is also confident that opening batsman Alviro Petersen will end his century drought during the three-Test series.
Petersen has not scored a Test century in 23 innings and, as a result, there are many pundits and former players questioning whether he should keep his spot on the roster.
“He will be the first to admit that he has got a lot of starts,” Domingo said. “In his last 20 innings, he has got nine scores over 20. He has got himself in and then managed to find ways to get himself out. He knows as a top-order batter he needs to get big runs. He will be the first to admit that he has maybe thrown away one or two starts and hasn’t quite cashed in but he is a quality player.
“I believe there is a big score around the corner for him. Technically he seems to be playing really nicely. And he seems to thrive when he has got a point to prove, when people are trying to write him off. I don’t think he needs too much motivation. I know there a lot of questions about his selection but to me, he has been a good performer for South Africa over a period of time. All players go through slumps.”