Our Play of the Day goes to JP Duminy, for his sensational knock at the same ground he made his debut.
An incredible day at the Waca saw the Proteas put themselves in a fantastic position to win the first Test against Australia, and it was a 250-run stand between JP Duminy and Dean Elgar that cemented their dominance.
It’s a scarcely believable position the pair have put their side in, considering the Proteas were bowled out for 242 and Australia were 105-0 after day one.
Both players struck their fifth Test century, and it was Duminy’s first-ever second-innings ton. It was fitting that his knock came at the same ground he made his Proteas debut at eight years ago, and his 141 was arguably his best performance since the 166 he struck in his second-ever Test in Melbourne.
An average of 32 isn’t exactly encouraging reading for someone coming in at No 4 in AB de Villiers’ absence, but he put his hand up and handled the pressure exceptionally.
It’s a far cry from his situation in January this year, which saw him dropped from the team for the second and third Tests against England. Ashwell Prince, commentating for SuperSport but a national selector back then, revealed that he had to be the one to break the news to him. When Duminy learnt of the news, he told Prince that he was considering retiring from Tests. It’s a good thing he didn’t.
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