Daryll Cullinan says JP Duminy should be dropped from the Proteas Test team, with Quinton de Kock moving up to No 4.
The ex-Proteas batsman gave his views on his Facebook page.
‘JP Duminy must have got the longest free ride in the history of Test Cricket,’ wrote Cullinan. ‘After 44 test matches, as a top order batsman, he averages 34. Don’t suggest he is an all-rounder because he is not. In this last test match, 2 of his 4 wickets were freakish dismissals and one was the no 11. It is time to look at some new talent in our domestic cricket. One sparkling knock is no longer good enough to keep his place. This is what he keeps getting away with.
‘De Kock needs to give up the gloves. The time has come now for him to move into the top 4. I would be very surprised if he wants to keep and bat 7. He cannot establish records, big runs and challenge as a great from there as much as he can from 3 or 4. At 7 he will run out of partners. From a team point of view in the top 4 he can influence the outcome of matches singlehandedly. Few can do that.
‘The problem is who keeps? There is no stand-out candidate. But this dilemma can’t hold back de Kock’s bigger role and talent with the bat for much longer.’
Cullinan also commented on the Proteas’ bowling lineup.
‘Another thing which bothers me most, is why is Rabada not taking the new ball! For me it’s like de Kock’s situation, he is our bowling future. Morkel, comes in after a long absence, where he hardly, if ever, used to take the ball, now he takes it. Rabada is already a more complete bowler than Morkel, but comes in first change. Give him the ball! Every time he will keep developing. In England, he will be the guy as he can bowl the length required whereas Morkel can’t. Against NZ, we always going to win, even more reason for him to build up his experience.’