South Africa news August 13, 2013

Duminy and Parnell trial for Tests

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JP Duminy and Wayne Parnell have been given opportunities to push for Test recalls after being included in South Africa's A-team to play their Indian counterparts in two four-day matches this month. Duminy has not played a Test since rupturing his Achilles' tendon in November last year, while Parnell has not featured for South Africa in over three years.

Neither player will have any doubt that they are on trial, as Duminy will effectively be going toe-to-toe with Dean Elgar for the No.7 position in the batting line-up, while Parnell will be looking to push himself ahead of Rory Kleinveldt, Kyle Abbott and Marchant de Lange for the reserve bowler's spot.

Duminy's chances of featuring in the Test side would seem higher, having already established himself in the batting line-up with a century against New Zealand on his comeback in March 2012, and making handy lower-middle order contributions during last year's tour of England. He was also part of the team which prevailed in Australia in December last year, and was due to take on a bigger role as an offspinner, but could not take part in the match after the first day as he suffered an injury.

"I had initially planned to play some four day cricket for Surrey for a couple of months but that fell through because of my contractual obligations with the Hyderabad Sunrisers who are playing in the Champions League T20 in September," Duminy said*. "This is the perfect opportunity for me to get back into the feel of four-day cricket after a long time on the sidelines,"

A six-month rehabilitation program saw Duminy miss the entire summer, which gave Faf du Plessis an opportunity to shine, as the latter emulated Duminy's series-winning century at the MCG in 2008-09, with a match-saving 110 of his own, that earned him the right to a sustained run with the senior team.

If Duminy were to make a comeback, it would most likely be at the expense of left-arm batsman Dean Elgar, who had staked his own claim in the side with an impressive 268 against Australia A in Pretoria.

Parnell, on the other hand, will only be battling for a spot on the bench, even as Vincent Barnes, the high performance manager and coach of South Africa A, told ESPNcricinfo that Parnell is "back to his best" after battling through groin and leg injuries recently.

Parnell, who bowled particularly well at the death in the Twenty20 matches during the tour of Sri Lanka, has now been earmarked for the longer version as well.

"Wayne came through the Sri Lanka tour without any injury setbacks so he has now been added to the squad. He has had a lot of injury problems and needs to play as much four-day cricket as possible," Barnes said. Impressive performances from Parnell could see him preferred over a long line of back-up bowlers.

Kleinveldt is one of them and he was also due to play in this series, but a severe cut on his toe has ruled him out. He played only one match in Sri Lanka which he finished with a bloodied boot because of a gash that re-opened.

De Lange is also injured after picking up a rib niggle during the matches against Australia A, and will be monitored closely as the new season approaches. As a result, Abbott is likely to be Parnell's only competition and as both are playing in the series, seemingly for the same spot, it has given a whole new interesting dimension to the upcoming matches.

* August 14 2pm GMT: This story has been updated with JP Duminy quotes

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  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | August 15, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    @AKS286 Both RPetersen and Faff are horribly out of form. Surely Duminy can do the job as the go - to spinner. Also I would have Tahir instead of Petersen who is doing well recently.

    I am a huge fan of Faff but he is out of form and we need to reward players who are proving themselves.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | August 15, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    @ TommytuckerSaffa on (August 14, 2013, 8:54 GMT) How you forget Robin & FaF in your team ? Wherever you play 1 spinner is must required in any pitch.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    I don't know - for me Parnell has always been overrated. And he did NOT bowl particularly well in the final T20 against Sri Lanka. His last over was pitiful, and cost us the match.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    With 3 potent all rounders Dunminy, Kallis & De Villers SA have the incredible luxury of either having the extra-extra batsman at 8 or the extra quick bowler (hard to imagine Steyn, Philander, Morkel, Kallis needing back-up).

    Duminy in for Robin Peterson. Either go with 8 batters(!! JP Duminy at 8 - hard to imagine SA getting bowled out twice with that line up) OR include an extra quick like Abbott and flip a coin Faf/Elgar at no.6

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | August 14, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Parnell inclusion in the Test squad is just lip service, he is not a Test player - only T20. Duminy is there to get some batting practice and will definitely start because of his Spin.

    My test team for upcoming Tests: Smith, Peterson, Amla, King Kallis, AB de Villiers, Elgar, Duminy,Philander,Abbott, Morkel, Steyn. What a batting and bowling lineup and also the best All-rounder to ever live.

    Unfortunately Faff is horrifically out of form so he will need to be dropped. Elgar in for knocking up some huge scores against Australia A.

  • POSTED BY gimme-a-greentop on | August 14, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    @Gurudumu..disappointing to hear you use the word 'quota' in relation to Parnell. That is just not true. The guy was the top player in the team at age group level and was put into international cricket too early in my opinion, although he started well. Since then he has had to go through the usual growing pains: discipline problems, injuries, confidence etc. But there were definate signs that he was back to approaching his best in Sr Lanka. He has every bit of the skill that Morris or Abbott has, he just needs to deliver, and he looked like he was starting to do that. I'm not much into prophecy when it comes to cricket, but I'm pretty sure that Parnell is going to be one of our star players in the future, especially in shorter formats. As a Test bowler we will just have to see.

  • POSTED BY sanjai_zequin on | August 14, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    you guyz all dont hav ny idea abt parnell coz you all watched him during his injuries worriedhim a lot, n also due to th injuries he cant bowl t his best.... but guyz watched him during his debut series, chmpions trophy, nd in u19 wrldcup will certnly know abt his potential...

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    I doubt that JP is on trial - Elgar has hardly made the most of the opportunities afforded him by Duminy's injury. I'd say JP has been included simply to give him match practice ahead of the Tests, seeing as he hasn't played any first class cricket since his injuring himself in Australia. And also to probably counter the fact that the India 'A' side will likely feature about 7 first team regulars, going by the teams they selected for the recent one day triangular, lol.

  • POSTED BY MrGarreth on | August 14, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    I think Duminy is in the A squad only for further match fitness and readiness. Don't think it has anything to do with his place in the test side. He is a shoe in and this is just to ensure he is ready for the longer format. Elgar will likely drop out but Faf's place could be on the line going forward given Elgar's form and Faf's lack there of.

  • POSTED BY Gurudumu on | August 14, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Duminy will play in SA Test team while Parnell doesn't have the ability or skills that could rival Morris or Abbott. Not sure why Kleinveldt keeps getting a guernsey either. Let Parnell play T20s, I have seen him flayed by opposition batsmen all over the park in ODIs. SA needs to pick the best team irrespective of quotas - if indeed that is what is being considered here in the selection process. SA have to decide what where they want to be in the ICC rankings in all forms of the game.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | August 15, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    @AKS286 Both RPetersen and Faff are horribly out of form. Surely Duminy can do the job as the go - to spinner. Also I would have Tahir instead of Petersen who is doing well recently.

    I am a huge fan of Faff but he is out of form and we need to reward players who are proving themselves.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | August 15, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    @ TommytuckerSaffa on (August 14, 2013, 8:54 GMT) How you forget Robin & FaF in your team ? Wherever you play 1 spinner is must required in any pitch.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    I don't know - for me Parnell has always been overrated. And he did NOT bowl particularly well in the final T20 against Sri Lanka. His last over was pitiful, and cost us the match.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    With 3 potent all rounders Dunminy, Kallis & De Villers SA have the incredible luxury of either having the extra-extra batsman at 8 or the extra quick bowler (hard to imagine Steyn, Philander, Morkel, Kallis needing back-up).

    Duminy in for Robin Peterson. Either go with 8 batters(!! JP Duminy at 8 - hard to imagine SA getting bowled out twice with that line up) OR include an extra quick like Abbott and flip a coin Faf/Elgar at no.6

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | August 14, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Parnell inclusion in the Test squad is just lip service, he is not a Test player - only T20. Duminy is there to get some batting practice and will definitely start because of his Spin.

    My test team for upcoming Tests: Smith, Peterson, Amla, King Kallis, AB de Villiers, Elgar, Duminy,Philander,Abbott, Morkel, Steyn. What a batting and bowling lineup and also the best All-rounder to ever live.

    Unfortunately Faff is horrifically out of form so he will need to be dropped. Elgar in for knocking up some huge scores against Australia A.

  • POSTED BY gimme-a-greentop on | August 14, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    @Gurudumu..disappointing to hear you use the word 'quota' in relation to Parnell. That is just not true. The guy was the top player in the team at age group level and was put into international cricket too early in my opinion, although he started well. Since then he has had to go through the usual growing pains: discipline problems, injuries, confidence etc. But there were definate signs that he was back to approaching his best in Sr Lanka. He has every bit of the skill that Morris or Abbott has, he just needs to deliver, and he looked like he was starting to do that. I'm not much into prophecy when it comes to cricket, but I'm pretty sure that Parnell is going to be one of our star players in the future, especially in shorter formats. As a Test bowler we will just have to see.

  • POSTED BY sanjai_zequin on | August 14, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    you guyz all dont hav ny idea abt parnell coz you all watched him during his injuries worriedhim a lot, n also due to th injuries he cant bowl t his best.... but guyz watched him during his debut series, chmpions trophy, nd in u19 wrldcup will certnly know abt his potential...

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    I doubt that JP is on trial - Elgar has hardly made the most of the opportunities afforded him by Duminy's injury. I'd say JP has been included simply to give him match practice ahead of the Tests, seeing as he hasn't played any first class cricket since his injuring himself in Australia. And also to probably counter the fact that the India 'A' side will likely feature about 7 first team regulars, going by the teams they selected for the recent one day triangular, lol.

  • POSTED BY MrGarreth on | August 14, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    I think Duminy is in the A squad only for further match fitness and readiness. Don't think it has anything to do with his place in the test side. He is a shoe in and this is just to ensure he is ready for the longer format. Elgar will likely drop out but Faf's place could be on the line going forward given Elgar's form and Faf's lack there of.

  • POSTED BY Gurudumu on | August 14, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Duminy will play in SA Test team while Parnell doesn't have the ability or skills that could rival Morris or Abbott. Not sure why Kleinveldt keeps getting a guernsey either. Let Parnell play T20s, I have seen him flayed by opposition batsmen all over the park in ODIs. SA needs to pick the best team irrespective of quotas - if indeed that is what is being considered here in the selection process. SA have to decide what where they want to be in the ICC rankings in all forms of the game.

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | August 14, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Parnell is a serious limited overs material and South Africa would be hoping to push him into the 2015 WC at any cost. In the limited overs - Dale, Morne, Parnell, Botha/Peterson, McLaren can form a healthy bowling unit in the limited overs. As test matches is concerned there is still no harm in keeping Abott and de Lange as the reserve quicks as RSA can boast of Steyn, Philander, Morkel

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Elgar averaged 22 against Pakistan in the past series. Duminy remains an excellent player of spin and should maintain his place in the team based on his experience and performance. In my opinion, Elgar has some way to go to compete for that number 7 spot!

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    I doubt that Parnell is on trial for the test squad. He was injured for much of last season and needs more game time ahead of a big international one-day schedule ahead. Abbot, Hardus, Gqamane, Morris, Hendricks and Kleinveld havent done themselves any favours based on recent performances. With Steyn unlikely to play ODI's we need Parnell to be at his best.

  • POSTED BY --.-- on | August 13, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Now the critics, who had been saying that Ind sent their first choice players in place of 'A' players, might understand these 'A' matches doesn't mean your international players should not go. It is about giving exposure to your trusted but untested players in alien conditions and this is what BCCI did by sending likes of Dhwaan, Pujara etc. to SA, so that they could get some experience of SA conditions which will be help them become a better player and be beneficial for series against SA later this year.

    But sadly SA are batting paradise wickets. Even during last SA vs Pak test series in SA, SA prepared sub-continent type wicket in Test Match 2. Come on. Give us some bouncy and fast tracks so that our batsmen could get some taste of what they will be facing later this year against the likes of Steyn and Morkel.

    I hope, SA will provide Grass TRACKS during this Ind A vs SA A Test series. Can't wait to see Rohit Sharma in "Tests" The place where he should have been put way before.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | August 13, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    I am surprised that JP is on trial at all! He is one of the top 2 best SA batsmen on the recent SL tour. He is a shoe into any SA team right now based on his form and fitness. Parnell, on the other hand, is more suited for shorter formats, especially, for T20s, not for tests.

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | August 13, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    None would argue that de Lange has by far the most potential. Abbott's most impressive start to his test career and great domestic stats must mean he's currently in pole position for a test place. Parnell seems better suited to the shorter form of the game and Kleinveldt is the weakest of this quartet. Another young bowler to watch closely is Calvin Savage.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | August 13, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    Duminy is the deserving man but Parnell ?- not now. The African Deadly Barrage (Steyn, Morkel, Phil) but in the Que are Merchant, Tsotsobe, Abbott, Morris are ahead of Parnell. IMO Hardus Viljoen, CJ Alexander, CJ De Villiers are way ahead than Parnell.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | August 13, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    There is so much time betwee these A games and Tests that I wonder if form in these games will even matter? For India they have no choice to pick up Vijay,Dhawan as openers irrespective of what they do in these A. That is how Dhoni normally operates as he will go by the last test success these two had at home! For SA though it could still be on form that players show in thier domestic season! Just like JP, India too is seraching for No.6 and there are plethora of contenders.

  • POSTED BY Lloydster on | August 13, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    It is very clear that CSA and Domingo are , I'm afraid to say , pushing the quota abit far now. Granted Duminy was part of the test setup but Parnell bowled poorly in the recent tour in SL. Well they(Proteas) will slip down the pecking order as the ODi side have.

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | August 13, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Duminy will play at 7.... Parnell was impressive against Sri Lanka in T20Is...Abbott & de Lange are future South African quicks who will eventually take over from Steyn & Morkel...

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  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | August 13, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Duminy will play at 7.... Parnell was impressive against Sri Lanka in T20Is...Abbott & de Lange are future South African quicks who will eventually take over from Steyn & Morkel...

  • POSTED BY Lloydster on | August 13, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    It is very clear that CSA and Domingo are , I'm afraid to say , pushing the quota abit far now. Granted Duminy was part of the test setup but Parnell bowled poorly in the recent tour in SL. Well they(Proteas) will slip down the pecking order as the ODi side have.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | August 13, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    There is so much time betwee these A games and Tests that I wonder if form in these games will even matter? For India they have no choice to pick up Vijay,Dhawan as openers irrespective of what they do in these A. That is how Dhoni normally operates as he will go by the last test success these two had at home! For SA though it could still be on form that players show in thier domestic season! Just like JP, India too is seraching for No.6 and there are plethora of contenders.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | August 13, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    Duminy is the deserving man but Parnell ?- not now. The African Deadly Barrage (Steyn, Morkel, Phil) but in the Que are Merchant, Tsotsobe, Abbott, Morris are ahead of Parnell. IMO Hardus Viljoen, CJ Alexander, CJ De Villiers are way ahead than Parnell.

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | August 13, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    None would argue that de Lange has by far the most potential. Abbott's most impressive start to his test career and great domestic stats must mean he's currently in pole position for a test place. Parnell seems better suited to the shorter form of the game and Kleinveldt is the weakest of this quartet. Another young bowler to watch closely is Calvin Savage.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | August 13, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    I am surprised that JP is on trial at all! He is one of the top 2 best SA batsmen on the recent SL tour. He is a shoe into any SA team right now based on his form and fitness. Parnell, on the other hand, is more suited for shorter formats, especially, for T20s, not for tests.

  • POSTED BY --.-- on | August 13, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Now the critics, who had been saying that Ind sent their first choice players in place of 'A' players, might understand these 'A' matches doesn't mean your international players should not go. It is about giving exposure to your trusted but untested players in alien conditions and this is what BCCI did by sending likes of Dhwaan, Pujara etc. to SA, so that they could get some experience of SA conditions which will be help them become a better player and be beneficial for series against SA later this year.

    But sadly SA are batting paradise wickets. Even during last SA vs Pak test series in SA, SA prepared sub-continent type wicket in Test Match 2. Come on. Give us some bouncy and fast tracks so that our batsmen could get some taste of what they will be facing later this year against the likes of Steyn and Morkel.

    I hope, SA will provide Grass TRACKS during this Ind A vs SA A Test series. Can't wait to see Rohit Sharma in "Tests" The place where he should have been put way before.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    I doubt that Parnell is on trial for the test squad. He was injured for much of last season and needs more game time ahead of a big international one-day schedule ahead. Abbot, Hardus, Gqamane, Morris, Hendricks and Kleinveld havent done themselves any favours based on recent performances. With Steyn unlikely to play ODI's we need Parnell to be at his best.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Elgar averaged 22 against Pakistan in the past series. Duminy remains an excellent player of spin and should maintain his place in the team based on his experience and performance. In my opinion, Elgar has some way to go to compete for that number 7 spot!

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | August 14, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Parnell is a serious limited overs material and South Africa would be hoping to push him into the 2015 WC at any cost. In the limited overs - Dale, Morne, Parnell, Botha/Peterson, McLaren can form a healthy bowling unit in the limited overs. As test matches is concerned there is still no harm in keeping Abott and de Lange as the reserve quicks as RSA can boast of Steyn, Philander, Morkel