Duminy to ‘wait a few weeks’ on injured knee

2014-11-15 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — South African all-rounder JP Duminy will utilise shock-wave therapy in order to aid the recovery of his troublesome left knee.

The 30-year-old middle-order batsman and off-spinner was withdrawn from the five-match ODI series against Australia due to a chronic patella tendinopathy to his left knee.

Duminy said there is no conclusive rehabilitation programme that will guarantee instant results. “We will have to see how the tendon responds over the next few weeks.

“We will have to play it by ear,” he said when asked whether he will be ready to face the West Indians in the first Test from December 17 at SuperSport Park in Centurion as South African number-six batsman and valuable fifth bowler.

Proteas team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said Duminy aggravated his long-standing knee injury during the current T20 series against Australia.

This is the same injury that plagued him during the Tri-series in Zimbabwe and caused him to miss the Champions League T20. The leg was also weakened as a result of the seven-month lay-off due to a patellar tendon rapture in Australia.

The past 10 months has been one of Duminy’s most prolific and successful of his career. As a three-in-one-package, the gifted allrounder contributed richly to South Africa’s move back to the summit of the Test rankings and to number two on the ODI-rankings.

He took seven wickets in the Test series against Australia and averaged 44.60 while contributing a potentially career-defining 123 at St George’s. The stylish left-hander also struck an unbeaten 100 in the first Test against Sri Lanka and averaged 57 in the historic Test-series win.

“I know it is a cliché, but hard work, putting in the hours and paying attention to detail have contributed to my improvement. I have worked hard on specific skills. When I had to face spin, I put in extra hours and had trained on my sweeps,” he said.

Duminy is no longer considered a part-time or occasional bowler and has been bracketed as an all-rounder.

“I have had more opportunities to bowl and have become more consistent,” he added.

Peter Kirsten, a former South African stalwart, said of Duminy being ruled out of the first Test against the Windies, a like-for-like replacement looked unlikely. “It might be better to include a specialist batsman. Both Rilee Rossouw and Stiaan van Zyl have done well lately,” he said.

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