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Full name Jean-Paul Duminy
Born April 14, 1984, Strandfontein, Cape Town, Cape Province
Current age 29 years 327 days
Major teams South Africa, Cape Cobras, Deccan Chargers, Devon, Mumbai Indians, South Africa Under-19s, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Western Province, Western Province Boland
Playing role Middle-order batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||Australia v South Africa at Perth, Dec 17-21, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Mar 1-5, 2014 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (RPS), Aug 20, 2004 scorecard|
|Last ODI||South Africa v India at Centurion, Dec 11, 2013 scorecard|
|T20I debut||South Africa v Bangladesh at Cape Town, Sep 15, 2007 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v Pakistan at Cape Town, Nov 22, 2013 scorecard|
|Last First-class||South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Mar 1-5, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||2002/03|
|Last List A||South Africa v India at Centurion, Dec 11, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Western Province Boland v Dolphins at Cape Town, Apr 7, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Cape Cobras v Warriors at Cape Town, Feb 2, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|4/73, 4, 0/76, 43||South Africa||v Australia||Cape Town||1 Mar 2014||Test # 2122|
|123, 1/24, 18*, 1/33||South Africa||v Australia||Port Elizabeth||20 Feb 2014||Test # 2121|
|0/44, 25, 1/12, 10||South Africa||v Australia||Centurion||12 Feb 2014||Test # 2119|
|36, 0/13, 10*||South Africa||v Sth Afr XI||Johannesburg||4 Feb 2014||Other|
|1/23, 64*||Cape Cobras||v Warriors||Cape Town||2 Feb 2014||T20|
|0/7, 10*||Cape Cobras||v Lions||Johannesburg||31 Jan 2014||T20|
|29, 0/13||Cape Cobras||v Titans||Cape Town||22 Jan 2014||T20|
|56, 1/19||Cape Cobras||v Dolphins||Durban||19 Jan 2014||T20|
|11*, 2/16||Cape Cobras||v Knights||Bloemfontein||17 Jan 2014||T20|
|9*, 0/23||Cape Cobras||v Lions||Paarl||15 Jan 2014||T20|
Jean-Paul Duminy was identified very early on as a potential international player, but having made his ODI debut in 2004, it was another three years before he cemented a regular place in the team. Partly that was down to South Africa's strong battling line-up and partly down to his own inconsistency, failing to live up to high expectations. However, when his Test chance came, through an injury to Ashwell Prince, he launched his career in a manner bettered by few players. On debut he helped guide South Africa to a successful chase of 414 in Perth with an unbeaten 50, then he followed that with a serene 166 in Melbourne to rescue to his team from the prospect of a huge deficit. Those two innings confirmed him as an integral part of South Africa's future, and he built on that with impressive performances in the subsequent limited-overs game. His timing was perfect: South Africa clinched the Test and ODI series, and he subsequently earned a whopping US$950,000 annual contract with the IPL's Mumbai Indians.
Duminy's batting is elegant and graceful, with a silky cover-drive and a strong square cut. He has few problems when the ball is short, either, and like a lot of left-handers likes to whip deliveries through midwicket. There is a calmness about his play that belies his age, an approach that flows into his personality. After scoring his 166 at the MCG he said: "I guess I have a lot to live up now."
Better known as JP, he broke into a strong Western Province side during the 2001-02 domestic season. Just 18 at the time, his potential was always evident and came to the fore in the South African Under-19 tour to England in 2003. He made his ODI debut during South Africa's tour of Sri Lanka in 2004 and played five matches, with little success, often buried at the bottom of the order.
Two years later, he was recalled to the national squad for a three-match contest against Zimbabwe at home but struggled to nail down a full-time slot. Slowly, though, he matured as a batsman and developed the craft of finishing an innings. Although not quite in the same bracket as Michael Bevan or Michael Hussey in closing out one-day games, his ability to work the gaps with strong wrists and sprint between the wickets means he will grow into the role.
He is a brilliant fielder anywhere with a safe pair of hands and a decent arm. In ODIs he has helped fill the gap left by Jonty Rhodes and when he plays alongside AB de Villiers and Herschelle Gibbs, South Africa's fielding circle is almost unbreakable.
Cricinfo staffMay 2009
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