Stand-in skipper JP Duminy is eager to draw on South Africa’s vast leadership pool, come early November’s Twenty20 International series against Australia in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.
Regular captain Faf du Plessis, fast bowler Dale Steyn, opening batsman Hashim Amla and wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers have been rested for the three T20Is. The quartet, however, will participate in the preceding ODI series against New Zealand, which will be followed by five more limited-overs fixtures against the Aussies.
‘I have been part of a leadership group for a year now and this is a great opportunity in being able to lead from the front. I have had a few chats to certain individuals about captaincy, but it is also about being authentic and trying to lead as I see fit,’ said Duminy.
‘The strength that lies in our leadership group is that nobody takes the full responsibility. We can help one another along the journey and if you don’t have the answers, seek the answers. Nobody is perfect or has the answers for everything. It’s an opportunity for us to expand that leadership group.’
The 30-year-old Duminy has played 55 T20Is since September 2007’s debut against Bangladesh in Cape Town. His highest score of 96 not out came against Zimbabwe in Kimberley three years later. The spinning all-rounder has also clinched 14 wickets in the shortest format of the international game.