We speak to JP Duminy, who says he is proud of the Proteas’ 2016.
Highlight of the year:
I would definitely have to say this was our 5-0 one-day international (ODI) whitewash against Australia. We go into every series with the ambition to win, and, generally, when you achieve that early in a series, you tend to back off.
But the hunger and the determination within the team to “strive for more” were remarkable and were a great inspiration to me, personally.
Lowlight of the year:
[For me], being left out of the New Year’s Test at the beginning of the year.
A New Year’s Test is certainly one of our iconic events on the Test calendar and something one always wants to be part of.
Significant moment of the year:
Being given the No 4 spot in the Test team against New Zealand.
One always feels that batting at No 4 has quite a bit of responsibility and significance and it’s an honour to be given that responsibility.
Quinton de Kock for his knock [178 off 113 balls] against Australia in the first ODI [at Centurion].
Summary of year:
There were many ups and downs...much to reflect on and to be thankful for. I’m proud of what we have achieved this year as a team. And I believe the best is yet to come.
Kyle Abbott, always a team man. And when he’s given an opportunity, he delivers.
Look out for:
[Cobras allrounder] Jason Smith. He’s immensely talented and one to look out for in the future.
What the sport needs for Christmas:
A good victory in the Boxing Day Test match. ICC silverware in the form of the 2017 Champions Trophy would also be nice...
Best sporting moment from another code:
Wayde van Niekerk breaking the world record in the 400m at the Olympics at Rio this year.
What I’m doing for the holidays:
[I’ll be] doing day-to-day things around the house and pretending to live a normal life for a while.