Duminy relishes home comforts

JP Duminy (Gallo Images)
JP Duminy (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Proteas all-rounder, JP Duminy, is excited to be back on home turf for the second T20 International against Pakistan at Newlands on Friday.

Duminy missed the Proteas’ home summer last season due to an Achilles’ injury, and makes a return to the stadium he has called home for over 13 years.

“It’s always a pleasure to play here, whether it’s for the Cobras or South Africa,” Duminy said to the media on Thursday.

“I guess there is always a bigger hype around it when you are representing your country.

"It’s been a while since I have played a home series for South Africa at Newlands because of the injury so I’m really looking forward to it.”

The Proteas have lost one of three T20I’s they have played at the venue, which has an average first innings score of 146.

This is the first of a double-header of activities for Newlands this weekend, which will also be hosting the first Momentum ODI on Sunday.

The Proteas lead the two-match series 1-0, and have the opportunity to give their bid for the summit of the ICC T20 rankings some momentum with a series clean sweep.

They will, however, have to put in a much improved performance following their four-run (D/L Method) win on Wednesday.

“We will be the first to admit that it was a below par performance from us all round,” Duminy said.

“We started off really well with the bat, it was a good foundation that we set up up-front, but we lost our way in the middle and towards the end.

"It was still a competitive total, but not what we would want in Johannesburg, a par score there is probably around 180 on a good wicket.

"We got away with murder, especially with the rain coming in, but we’ll take it.”

Duminy also highlighted the pride and passion the team takes when donning the green and gold, even against an opposition they have played several times this year.

“We always mention in team meetings that we should never take for granted playing for South Africa,” he said.

“It’s a great honour and privilege to represent our country.

"It doesn’t matter who the opposition is, we have to take it with a positive attitude and make sure we arrive on the day.”
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