South Africa batsman JP Duminy has reportedly been released from the squad for the last two England Tests. After making scores of 15 and 2 in the opening Test in Lord’s, which South Africa lost by 211 runs, Duminy was dropped.
Duminy had made way for the returning skipper Faf du Plessis in the second Test at Trent Bridge, where the side made a fine comeback to level the series 1-1.
The left-hander has endured a tough time in whites – a six-month lull since a stroke-filled 155 against Sri Lanka in Johannesburg in January. The No.4 batsman carries an average of 32.85 – one that’s not befitting a batsman playing in his position.
“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. He’s been the first to acknowledge that his performances have not stacked up – certainly not what we need from a No. 4 batsman,” du Plessis had said while announcing Duminy’s axing before the Lord’s Test.