Monday 14 October 2013 

Duminy Confident Bowlers Can Deliver

JP Duminy
JP Duminy made 57 in 94 balls on his return to Test cricket
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South African batsman JP Duminy marked his return to Test action with 57 on the opening day against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi but was only one of two players to pass 20.

Hashim Amla closed unbeaten on 118 but with his side on 245 for eight, it is likely that the Proteas' bowlers are going to have to work extra hard if South Africa are not to concede a first innings lead.

However, Duminy has every confidence that the bowlers, and those still to bat, will be able to keep them in the game.

"All we can do is to make sure we come with a positive frame of mind," Duminy said following the day's play. "We need get as many runs as possible and start well with the ball.

"Having the bowling line-up that we do, you  have to back us to do a great job. Hopefully tomorrow we can stay out there as long as possible with the bat and strike upfront and put a lot of pressure on them."

Duminy, who ruptured the Achilles tendon in his right leg during a warm-down in Australia last winter, has now made a successful comeback, featuring in all three formats for South Africa.

"It’s just great to be back playing cricket," he added. "It’s always a special feeling playing a Test match for your country. Coming back a couple of months ago in an ODI game was a great feeling.

"There were some lows and some highs from that injury but I had a great support structure and medical team and it’s thanks to them that I am where I am today."

Duminy's 95-run partnership with Amla, who scored his 20th Test century prior to the close of play, was vital for South Africa after they had lost four early wickets.

Although Duminy looked in good touch, he was quick to praise Amla, who has laid the foundations for South Africa to at least be able to apply some pressure on Pakistan as the match goes on.

"To see the power of concentration he has is phenomenal. I saw a  stat on TV today that he is about 30 Tests behind Gary Kirsten and only one Test century separating them, that says a lot.

"The key is for him to try and push on for us; we strive on taking responsibility within the team when you are in."

© Cricket World 2013

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Fixtures & Results

14th-18th October: 1st Test, Abu Dhabi
PAK 442 & 45-3 beat RSA 249 & 232 by 7 wickets
23rd-27th October: 2nd Test, Dubai
RSA 517 beat PAK 99 & 326 by an innings & 92 runs
30th October: 1st ODI, Sharjah
RSA 183 beat PAK 182 by 1 run
1st November: 2nd ODI, Dubai
PAK 209 beat RSA 143 by 66 runs
6th November: 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi
RSA 259-8 beat PAK 191 by 68 runs
8th November: 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi
RSA 266-5 beat PAK 238 by 28 runs
11th November: 5th ODI, Sharjah
RSA 268-7 beat PAK 151 by 117 runs
13th November: 1st T20I, Dubai
RSA 99-1 beat PAK 98-9 by 9 wickets
15th November: 2nd T20I, Dubai
RSA 150-5 beat PAK 144-9 by 6 runs