South African all-rounder JP Duminy has announced his retirement from the longest format of the game with immediate effect. In addition to that, he won’t take any further part in first-class cricket. However, the left-hander will continue playing ODI and T20I cricket for his country.
Duminy said that after thinking thoroughly, he decided to call it quits from the whites. He mentioned that he was privileged to represent the country and hopes that his limited overs career would be prolonged.
“I certainly know that my playing career is far from over, and my hope is that with the backing of Cricket South Africa, the WSB Cape Cobras, teammates, family, friends and supporters, I will be given the opportunity to continue to give my very best to the sport that I love dearly,” Duminy said speaking exclusively to Independent Media.
“But after a long and careful deliberation, I have decided to retire from first-class and Test-match cricket with immediate effect. I have thoroughly enjoyed the privilege and opportunity to represent my country in 46 Tests and the Cape Cobras in 108 first-class matches over the last 16 years,” he added.
An average Test career
JP Duminy made his debut in the year 2008 against Australia at the WACA ground in Perth. The 33-year-old scored 2103 runs at an average of 32.86. He has 6 centuries and 8 half-centuries in his account and the highest score of 166 came against Australia in Melbourne in his debut series.
The southpaw wasn’t as successful in the longest format of the game as in limited overs cricket. His place in the Test squad was always in jeopardy and he remained in and out of the side. In his last Test series against England earlier this year, he managed to score just 17 runs in 2 innings. A lot of cricket experts believed that was the last chance for Duminy to cement a place in the side but another poor outing led to his downfall.