Jean-Paul Duminy

Cricketer

Left-handed batsmen JP Duminy's maiden test century of 166 against the Australians helped the Proteas win the second Test in Melbourne � and ultimately the Test series. It also won him a place in many South Africans' hearts. He turned the Test on its head as he converted a heavy first innings deficit into an unexpected first innings lead with a performance that devastated the opposition. Duminy was first identified as a player with huge potential when he started making substantial scores as a 19-year-old in both first-class and one-day domestic cricket. Duminy's batting is elegant and graceful, with a silky cover-drive and a strong square cut. He is also 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. In 2004 he was selected for the 2004 tour of Sri Lanka but his opportunities were limited. But now that he has been given an extended run in the Proteas Test and one day sides he has cemented himself in the team, becoming an effective spin bowler in the ODI team. � Lloyd Gedye

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