Captaincy A Great Honour - JP Duminy

South African batsman JP Duminy says that being handed the Twenty20 captaincy for the upcoming series in Australia is 'a great honour'.

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Duminy will captain the side in the three-match series which begins on 5th November.

The three matches precede a five-match One-Day International series which is an important part of South Africa's preparations for next year's World Cup.

Duminy, who has played 27 Tests, 126 ODIs and 55 T20s for his country, says leading South Africa will be a privilege and an honour.

"Yeah, definitely a great honour and obviously a privilege," he said.

"I'm kind of speechless right now, I think everything is just about soaking in right now.

"I have known for a while but now that its open in the public it hits home a bit... but yeah, extremely honoured and hopefully I can do our country proud."

And although ODI cricket is the priority for all teams at the moment, with the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand starting in February, Duminy hopes the team can maintain good form in the Twenty20 series.

"Obviously the ODIs take preference, probably for the next year, but look, I think there is about six games that we play in this season, so I guess its just time to dominate T20 cricket as we have been doing.

"We have been playing really good T20 cricket, I thought we made some huge strides in the T20 World Cup a few months ago, so I guess it's just trying to build on that, hopefully we can put in those big performances."

South Africa currently have different captains for the three formats of the game with Hashim Amla (Tests), AB de Villiers (ODIs) and Faf du Plessis (T20Is) the men in charge, and Duminy thinks this is a positive approach for the team.

"I think that's something we are trying to work towards, it's that it's not only the one guy that is leading the pack, their is a host of us and we can rely on each other from a leadership point of view.

"Obviously I'm standing in for Faf (du Plessis) as he will be rested for the T20 games, but then again its a great honour for me to do it and an opportunity I guess for me to show my sort of leadership skills, but understanding also that there is quite a few guys that can do the job."

Video courtesy of SNTV

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