Duminy to regain rhythm
Cape Town - Proteas all-rounder, JP Duminy, says the upcoming series between South Africa A and India A is the ideal platform for him to get back into the rhythm of red-ball cricket.
Duminy was added into the squad for the two unofficial four-day Tests to be played in Rustenburg and Pretoria, and bolsters a squad brimmed with players vying for test spots.
"I had initially planned to play some four day cricket for Surrey for a couple of months but that fell through because of my contractual obligations with the Hyderabad Sunrisers who are playing in the Champions League T20 in September," Duminy said on Wednesday.
"This is the perfect opportunity for me to get back into the feel of four-day cricket after a long time on the sidelines," he added.
Duminy recently made a full recovery from the ruptured Achilles tendon he sustained in November last year, and has shown good form coming off a man of the series performance against Sri Lanka in the T20I series.
"Its been nearly nine months since the injury happened in Australia and I’m feeling stronger and fitter than ever," he remarked.
"The next step is to transfer that onto the field.
"We have a packed and exciting schedule of cricket coming up in the next season, I want to make sure I’ve covered all of my bases."
The series is an appealing appetizer of what is to come this summer, with India heading over for three Tests, seven ODI’s and two T20I’s.
"They have a strong team here," he said of the India A side which features players like Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay and Shikar Dhawan to name a few.
"Myself and Russell felt it would be a great platform for me to spend some much needed time out in the middle against quality opposition."