‘Cool and composed’ Duminy proving critical for South Africa’s success
Johannesburg: South Africa middle order batsman JP Duminy has matured to become an important part of the Proteas team, helping them achieve success with his composed batting, according to cricket journalist, Rob Houwing.
Houwing wrote in his article for Sports24: “There is growing appreciation in England for the new maturity displayed by JP Duminy for the visiting Proteas in all formats of the game.”
“The little left-hander only showed once more how vastly improved a player he is from the one who laboured during England’s visit to our shores in 2009/10, as he helped that established, adhesive batting factor Jacques Kallis make light work of winning the first Twenty20 international by seven wickets at Chester-le-Street on Saturday,” he said.
“Both he (Kallis) and Duminy fell just short of half-century marks in their unflustered, unbeaten knocks, which saw them coolly amass 90 runs for the fourth wicket in 15 overs to grind the hosts into the turf,” he added.
“The Cricinfo commentary on the match aptly described the pair as “like cold-blooded contract killers in knocking off the runs”, adding that “the psychological blows of the summer seem to have stupefied England, as this was another heavy defeat,” he said.
Houwing further wrote: “Andy Wilson of The Guardian, meanwhile, noted in his online match report: “Duminy, another low-profile but vital cog in this efficient South African touring machine, proved the perfect partner (to Kallis).”
“During television commentary a little earlier, former England captain Nasser Hussain went out of his way to enthuse that “his (Duminy’s) stock has risen and risen this summer ... you can see why South Africa have stuck with him; he’s become a very organised player,” he said.
“It has also escaped few critics’ notice, during the successful overall tour for the Proteas, that Duminy, who developed a bit of a reputation as Graeme Swann’s bunny when England last visited South Africa, has not got out to the highly-touted off-spinner once yet in 2012,” Houwing concluded.