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South Africa all-rounder JP Duminy has revealed that he made his mind up to retire from Test cricket after the first Test against England at Lord’s in July.
Duminy made scores of 15 and 2 in the match and was dropped for the remainder of the four-Test series, but he waited until September to announce his retirement from the longest format.
After Duminy was axed from the Test squad, Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis admitted that he expected more from Duminy, especially as he was a senior member of the side.
“He’s possibly been given a longer run because you know what he presents and how he helps out with the team away from the runs,” Du Plessis had said. “He’s been the first to acknowledge that his performances have not stacked up – certainly not what we need from a No. 4 batsman.”
The 33-year-old conceded that he deserved to be removed from the squad as he was struggling to have an impact with the bat and added that he knew it was time to focus solely on limited overs cricket.
“Walking off after Lord’s, I felt a change needed to happen,” he was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “I rightly deserved to be dropped. There were guys putting up their hands for places and I felt I needed a different path.
With his Test career over, what’s next for Duminy? According to the Cape Town native, it’s ensuring he keeps himself on the selectors’ radar in the lead-up to the 2019 World Cup.
Every player wants to win the World Cup but we still have a long way to go. To be there, I have to keep putting in good performances,” Duminy said. “It’s good to have a long-term goal but it’s also important that we stay focused on the present and what’s in front of us.”