Thursday 7 August 2014 

We Respect Zimbabwe - JP Duminy

JP Duminy
JP Duminy says South Africa will be giving Zimbabwe due respect when they play their Test match in Harare
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South African batsman JP Duminy has reinforced the comments of his captain Hashim Amla in saying that the Proteas will be affording Zimbabwe complete respect as they prepare for their Test match in Harare.

South Africa have never lost a Test against Zimbabwe and have recently completed a 1-0 series win in Sri Lanka.

Now they take on their neighbours in one Test beginning on Saturday (9th August) ahead of three One-Day Internationals.

"It’s another Test match and we are going to have to prepare the same way that we would for any Test match," Duminy said

"There is probably more emphasis on this Test match because the pressure will be on us to put in a big performance.

"We are up for the challenge, it's a representative game for your country so you have to take it seriously."

However, he said that the tourists are simply concentrating on winning the game and not getting ahead of themselves.

"It’s an international game, once you take your foot off the gas Mother Cricket finds you out very quickly," Duminy added.

"We are not going to try and win this Test match in three days. If we win the match in the last session of the last day it will still be a job well done.

"That is the mindset that we have to try and have; focusing on each session and each day, we can’t look too far ahead.

"You have to respect each and every team that you play agains.

"We respect Zimbabwe and by no means are we taking this game lightly, we have to make sure that we put in our best performance."

© Cricket World 2014

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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th August: Only Test, Harare
South Africa 397 (du Plessis 98) & 44-1 beat
Zimbabwe 256 & 181 (Piedt 4-62) by nine wickets
17th August: 1st ODI, Bulawayo
South Africa 309-3 (Amla 122no) beat
Zimbabwe 216 (H Masakadza 61) by 93 runs
19th August: 2nd ODI, Bulawayo
South Africa 257 (du Plessis 55) beat
Zimbabwe 196 (Williams 55) by 61 runs
21st August: 3rd ODI, Bulawayo
South Africa 171-3 (de Kock 84) beat
Zimbabwe 165 (Chigumbura 90) by seven wickets