South Africa's JP Duminy quits Test cricket

JP Duminy wants to continue playing for South Africa in limited overs format
JP Duminy wants to continue playing for South Africa in the limited overs format
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South Africa batsman JP Duminy has announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect.

The decision comes after the 33-year-old was overlooked for the second Test against England at Trent Bridge that prompted him to head back to South Africa ahead of the third game at Kennington Oval.

Duminy has overall featured in 46 Tests and has scored 2103 runs at an average close to 33 and has snared 42 wickets as well and his highlight of the career will remain his 166-run knock that came in his second Test against Australia in Melbourne.

Even though Duminy slammed a 63 and a 155 in the home series against Sri Lanka last year, he was tested in New Zealand and in England where he managed only 52 runs in four innings.

"After long and careful deliberation, I have decided to retire from first-class and test match cricket with immediate effect," said Duminy.

"It is an experience that cannot be replaced and one I will always cherish.

"Test cricket has always been the pinnacle and I’ve been fortunate enough to experience some memorable highlights with the Proteas and also in first-class matches with the WSB Cape Cobras."

Duminy also asserted that he wants to continue playing for South Africa and the Cobras in the limited overs format.

"In the years ahead, my focus will be placed on attaining limited-overs cricket success for South Africa and the WSB Cape Cobras..." he added.

Earlier, AB de Villiers, who took close to a 20-month break from Test cricket announced his availability for the Proteas in the format ahead of the series against Bangladesh that begins at the end of the month.

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