Duminy flourishes on slow wicket on day one against New Zealand

BY MARC JACOBSON - MARCH 16, 2017
Duminy flourishes on slow wicket on day one against New Zealand

Not delivering much with the bat in recent ODI’s and Tests, JP Duminy, the verified number four batsman for the Proteas, who is primarily in the side for his run-scoring, produced the goods with the ball on day one in the second Test instead.

On a seemingly slow wicket against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve in Wellington in the early hours of the morning (SA time), Duminy showed his colours in bowling – a duty adjudged to pre-requisite his batting ability.

In the last 10 ODI’s and Tests, Duminy has not specifically delivered like he should with the bat at this level, last scoring a half-century 10 ODI innings’ ago against Australia in October 2016 when he made 73. His average in those same 10 innings’ is a mere 24.56 – not at standard for a number four international batsman.

In Tests, doing slightly better on runs, Duminy scored 155 against Sri Lanka in mid-January 2017, but that score was to the exception as four of his last 10 Test innings’ scores were less than 10. His Test average in this last 10 is 34.50.

On day one at the Basin Reserve, Duminy this time made a statement with the ball and achieved his best Test bowling figures of 4/47 in 11.3 overs. This helped South Africa disable the Black Caps from finishing the day, getting them all out for 268 after 79.3 overs.

Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj also all contributed, each taking two wickets apiece. Vernon Philander, although not taking any wickets, was very inexpensive – having the best economy rate of 1.93.

For New Zealand, Henry Nicholls batted superbly, scoring 118 before being bowled by Duminy. The Black Caps did succumb to some early trouble when they were 21/3, but failed to crack and scored a decent total in the circumstances.

South Africa then also looked to buckle a bit as they took to the crease, when after just seven overs in the middle, they saw both openers, Dean Elgar and Stephen Cook go out before the close-of-play.

Rabada, coming in as a night’s watchman after Cook’s wicket, surprisingly outlasted Elgar and even hit two fours before the close. South Africa ended day one on 24/2 with Hashim Amla partnering Rabada in the middle.

Image: JP Duminy celebrating a wicket against New Zealand.