Cricket

Duminy's technique in a spin

2010-01-20 23:13
JP Duminy (Gallo Images)
Altus Momberg

Cape Town – JP Duminy will have to work on his technique ahead of the first cricket Test against India if he does not want to become easy prey for Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

Proteas coach Mickey Arthur confirmed this week that he was slightly concerned about Duminy’s struggles against Graeme Swann in the series against England.

Swann, who is England’s off-spinner and was named joint player of the series, dismissed Duminy three times in exactly the same way.

He bowled the ball at a good length on off stump and it turned away from the left-handed Duminy.

Duminy pushed his bat forward tentatively on each occasion and the ball nicked the outside edge. He was caught once by the wicketkeeper and twice by slip fielders.

Arthur believes that Duminy should attempt to move his body to the right a little when he readies himself to play the ball so that he can play the ball directly back to the bowler or in the direction of mid-on.

However, Arthur does not believe that it is a problem that cannot be solved.

“JP will have to make a slight adjustment to his technique,” said the national coach.

Duminy will have the opportunity to build his confidence against off-spinners when the Cape Cobras take on the Warriors in an MTN40 series semi-final on Friday night.

Johan Botha, who is in the Proteas’ one-day and Test squads, is an experienced player and will be out to exploit any weakness in Duminy’s make-up.

But Duminy’s coach at the Cobras, Shukri Conrad, believes that his struggles against Swann is down to a lack of confidence rather than a technical problem.

“I don’t know whether one can say that he struggles specifically against off-spinners. He received a number of fantastic deliveries from Swann and was tentative in the way that he played forward,” said Conrad.

“In the one innings at Newlands, when he was under pressure to score runs quickly, he took Swann on.”

Duminy has been struggling with his form for the national team since last year’s semi-final against Pakistan in the Twenty20 world championship in England.

He was then criticised for his slow batting in the match. Subsequently he has performed well for the Cobras, but struggled for the Proteas.

His form in the Champions Trophy tournament was also not very impressive.

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