Wednesday 21 January 2009 

Duminy Remains Focussed On Present Challenges

Duminy Remains Focussed On Present Challenges
Duminy Remains Focussed On Present Challenges
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Although South African batsman JP Duminy's superb form during the tour of Australia has not yet seen an approach from either an English county team or an Indian Premier League side, he is not worried about the future and is concentrating firmly on the remaining three One Day Internationals against Australia.

Duminy was handed his Test debut in Perth, scoring an unbeaten half-century as South Africa reached 414 to win in the fourth innings and then scored 166 in Melbourne to help his side clinch the series. He followed that up with two half-centuries in the Twenty20 Internationals, both of which South Africa lost.

“I would like to be part of the IPL or county cricket set-ups but I don't want to look too far forward and rather concentrate on the last three games of the current ODI series,” Duminy said.

He revealed that he had made some changes to his approach ahead of the tour of Australia.

“It is probably mainly in my mental approach to the game hat I have changed. It is something that I have lacked in the past. I came on this tour thinking that I would not get a Test game. Obviously it worked out differently and I am very pleased that I have got three Test matches behind my name now and I look forward to up-and-coming games.

“I have taken a lot of confidence out of this series. It is a very special moment to come to Australia and to perform as well as I have done so far. It is something I will cherish for the rest of my life and hopefully, if I come back here again, it will be the same thing again.

“I have always felt part of the Test team. I have travelled around the world with them for more than 12 months and the guys have made me feel very welcome. It is obviously a better feeling to play but I have never felt anything other than welcome.

“I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason," the 24-year-old added. "There is a time for everything. The way things have turned out is probably the best way I could ask for. It has made me hungrier to keep scoring runs and to keep my name in the pool.”

With the series tied at 1-1, the third ODI takes place in Sydney On January 23rd.

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