South African batsman Jean-Paul Duminy (JP Duminy) has announced his retirement from the Test cricket on September 16. He last appeared in the white outfit on July 6, 2017, against England. South Africa lost the game by 211 after which Duminy was dropped from the team. He has represented the Proteas in 46 Tests and has scored 2103 runs, including six centuries and eight half-centuries.
According to a report published by The Indian Express, Duminy revealed his future plans while speaking exclusively to Independent Media and stated that he wishes to focus on limited overs cricket now. He said,”I certainly know that my playing career is far from over, and my hope is that with the backing of Cricket South Africa, the WSB Cape Cobras, teammates, family, friends and supporters, I will be given the opportunity to continue to give my very best to the sport that I love dearly.”
“But after a long and careful deliberation, I have decided to retire from first-class and Test-match cricket with immediate effect,” he added.
He revealed who joyful his Test career has been and he enjoyed the chance to play for South Africa. He said,”I have thoroughly enjoyed the privilege and opportunity to represent my country in 46 Tests and the Cape Cobras in 108 first-class matches over the last 16 years.”
On the other hand, Duminy will continue playing shorter format games – ODI and T20 cricket – for the Cobras and Proteas. Also, he has been appointed as the skipper of the Shah Rukh Khan-owned Cape Town Knight Riders in the forthcoming T20 Global League in the inaugural season.