Duminy's technique in a spin

2010-01-20 23:13

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.


  • Richard - 2010-01-21 01:54

    Maybe it is time to give JP a reprieve and give him time to re-adjust. Put someone else in his place..... like Gibbs?

  • Tommygun - 2010-01-21 02:06

    Performing well for your franchise and looking badly out of form for the Proteas,could show the standard of the domestic game up. Arthur said technique problem Conrad confidence problem. Two coaches who know this batsman can only come up with this after we nearly lost the series. Pathetic

  • Noodles - 2010-01-21 05:33

    Duminy doesn't necessarily have problems playing against spin, he's done well before. I'll even go on to say he is one of the better players of spin in the SA lineup - its just his confidence is shot to pieces. I believe he needs to go back to domestic cricket and get his form and confidence back. Also he should dump his model girlfriend. since he started dating her his form went to kak.

  • TC - 2010-01-21 07:16

    Duminy should not be in the Protea squad, he is not performing and is a contributing factor to the Protea's not winning key matches. It's time for Duminy to pack his bags and call it a day.

  • Robert - 2010-01-21 07:27

    Sadly the poor guy really hasn't done much since returning from Australia. His average in South Africa is a little over 20 in tests think Dale Steyn is close to that. Perhaps a little time playing 4 day games would do him good. One has to feel for Prince though. He's proven himself as a solid middle order batsman and it's Duminy that has forced his move to an opener, at which he is failing miserably.

  • john - 2010-01-21 08:43

    this is a class player. hopefully he can sort his mental game out. also a much better spinner than harris.

  • Nick Armstrong - 2010-01-21 09:26

    JP is a class act. A brilliant player. He has all the skills, technique and BMT to be a cricketing great. Yes - he is struggling at the moment - a dip in form and scoring happens to every batsman around the world - Lara, Tendulkar, Ponting - they've all experienced slumps in form. Even Don Bradman had a dip in form (the infamous Bodyline series vs England). Leave him alone. JP got his chance by luck (when Ashwell hurt his thumb in Aussie) - and immediately proved how brilliant he is. He should've been in the Test team years ago already (not just the ODI team), and if it wasn't for Ashwell's injury - he probably still wouldn't be there - such is the ignorance of Arthur and some of his co-selectors.

  • Vuzi - 2010-01-21 09:42

    Even if he struggles with the bat he is still a better spinner than Harris, maybe give Pietersen a test spot

  • ivago - 2010-01-21 10:23

    come on people. the guy played like 9 or 10 tests. are u gonna judge him on that. kallis also struggled @ the start of his career and look what happened cause they saw he had tallent. is it cause jp is not white......lokl it is a pity about prince though. think they should have amla or ab open and move prince down the order.

  • Pete - 2010-01-21 10:51

    This has to be the best headline I have ever seen on News24 - Brilliant! There are creative brains there after all.

  • Rudi - 2010-01-21 11:32

    @Vuzi,what are you smoking china. A better spinner than Harris? let me simplfy it. Harris is an out of form spinner but when he is on he is vey good. You forget so fast. Duminy is an out of form batsman with the talent to become one of the greatest. He will get there, the question is can he keep a guy like Prince out of the number 5/6 spot on current form? I don't think so. He is young ,playing some domestic cricket won't kill him.

  • rog - 2010-01-21 11:51

    TC you have no clue. if you watched the last two tests you will have seen that he in fact took key wickets in the 4th test and the last wickets in the final test. he is also a superb fielder and it is only his batting that has gone through a slump in the enlgand series. how this can be contributing to not winning key matches is beyond me. if anyone is not performing it is someone like harris but i suppose her won't get criticised by you because he's white. bottom line is TC - don;t comment on things you are clueless about because it makes you look like a chop.

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