The doors of Test cricket seem to have shut on JP Duminy as he has been released from the South African squad for the next two Tests against England.
The left-handed batsman had accumulated only 17 runs in his two innings during the first of the four Tests that his side lost by 211 runs at Lord’s. He was benched for the next match at Nottingham, in which captain Faf du Plessis returned after the birth of his child, that South Africa won by 340 runs.
Since a towering 155 against Sri Lanka in Johannesburg in January, Duminy’s 39 off 91 against New Zealand in Dunedin, an innings later, has been his highest score this year.
The team management has kept Aiden Markram. Markam, under whom South Africa’s U-19 team won the World Cup in 2004, was initially brought in as a batting cover in du Plessis’ absence.
Duminy has donned South African cap in 46 Tests and averages 32.85 with six 100s and eight 50s.