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Duminy: Everybody contributed

2014-02-24 12:11
JP Duminy (Gallo Images)

Port Elizabeth - While Dale Steyn stole the headlines with a blistering spell of fast bowling, JP Duminy said he was pleased to get the first breakthrough for South Africa which signalled an avalanche of Australian wickets at St George's Park on Sunday.

SA v Oz - Day 4 as it happened 

The visitors had been coasting along at 126 without loss with openers David Warner (66) and Chris Rogers (107) scoring freely. It was then that captain Graeme Smith brought on part-time spinner Duminy, who got Warner was out lbw.

"If you have a bowling line-up like we do, it was also just about holding up an end and hopefully taking a couple of wickets," said Duminy after the second Test which South Africa won by 231 runs as they squared the series 1-1.

"Fortunately for me it was the first one, and it started the ball rolling."

Duminy said the entire bowling unit began to gel, as South Africa were ruthless in taking nine wickets in the last session of the day.

"Many people feel that Test cricket is the best format around," he said.

"To watch a spell of bowling like that is exceptional and great to be a part of.

"There's no doubt that spell from Dale fired everybody up. It was just a collective effort from the bowling unit. Vern's (Vernon Philander) spell, (Morné) Morkel from the other end. Everybody contributed."

It was a man-of-the-match performance from Duminy as he fulfilled his role primarily with the bat. Duminy made 127 in the first innings, his third Test century of his career - and his first in almost two years for the Proteas.

"I was under a little bit of pressure with the bat," said Duminy.

"The great thing about it is that nobody within the set-up mentioned it, or spoke about it. I got a lot of backing from everybody.

"To answer your critics in that way is always a special feeling."

Duminy said he had put pressure on himself to contribute to the team.

"Most people put that pressure on themselves. I'm no different," he said.

"I pride myself on my performances. Especially from a South African point of view, you want to contribute for the team.

"It's been a long time coming for me. I've been wanting to perform at this level, especially in Test cricket and it's great to put in a man-of-the-match performance."

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