We won’t take our foot off the gas – JP Duminy

2014-08-07 21:27

The Proteas will be showing their Zimbabwean counterparts due respect in the upcoming one-off Test match starting in Harare this weekend, says batsman JP Duminy.

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

“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.”

The Proteas’ main priority is to win at all costs, and to continue with the momentum following the successful tour to Sri Lanka.

“It’s an International game, once you take your foot off the gas, Mother Cricket finds you out very quickly,” Duminy said.

“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 against.”

The all-rounder admits that the unknown factor of some of Zimbabwe’s players means the Proteas will need to place more emphasis on personal preparation and game-plans.

“In these kinds of situations you probably focus more on your own preparation and what it will take to give yourself the best chance to perform,” he said.

“It will be key for the batting and bowling attacks to have an understanding of what they (Zimbabwe) will bring, but again focusing more on our skills.”

South Africa and Zimbabwe last played Tests against each other in a two-match series in 2005, with the Proteas winning both matches with an innings to spare.

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