South African batsman Jean-Paul Duminy has announced his retirement from Tests and first-class cricket with immediate effect. The 33-year-old, who has been often criticized for not living up to his potential in the longest format, had debuted for South Africa’s Test team in 2008.
"I certainly know that my playing career is far from over, and my hope is that with the backing of Cricket South Africa, the WSB Cape Cobras, teammates, family, friends and supporters, I will be given the opportunity to continue to give my very best to the sport that I love dearly,” Duminy told Independent Media.
Duminy, who was dropped from the Test team after the first match at Lord's in the four-match series against England in July earlier this year, decided to focus on limited-overs cricket hereafter, opting out of the opening round of first-class fixtures.
"After long and careful deliberation, I have decided to retire from first-class and Test match cricket with immediate effect. I have thoroughly enjoyed the privilege and opportunity to represent my country in 46 Tests and the WSB Cape Cobras in 108 first-class matches overs the past 16 years. It is an experience that cannot be replaced and one I will always cherish," read the Cricket South Africa media release release.
Duminy has been plagued by issues both on the field and off the field in 2017. Before the start of the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League, the left-hander, who played for Delhi Daredevils since 2014 announced that he would not play in the tournament due to "personal reasons.”
On the field, Duminy endured a torrid time in. Against New Zealand in 2017, the South Africa all-rounder struggled with the bat in all formats. He performed well against Sri Lanka in Tests but once again failed to make an impact in the limited-overs format.
During the series against England, the pressure for Duminy to hang on to his Test spot grew, with skipper Faf du Plessis admitting that the left-hander was "under pressure”. After managing only 17 runs in the first two Tests, Duminy was released from the South Africa squad as the Proteas lost the series 3-1.
"In the years ahead, my focus will be placed on attaining limited-overs cricket success for South Africa and the WSB Cape Cobras, along with attending to my young family, who have been incredibly supportive and understanding. I will however not be lost to first-class cricket; I have offered my services to the WSB Cape Cobras and the coaching staff as a mentor/consultant and will be involved as they see fit. There are many talented youngsters coming through our domestic system and I would love to help where I can. I've had the privilege of working with the squad in this role over the last two weeks and I have thoroughly enjoyed it," said Duminy.
Ever since making his Test debut in 2008 against Australia, Duminy has featured in 46 Tests and has scored 2103 runs, including six hundreds and eight half-centuries. Moreover, Duminy will continue to play one-day and T20 cricket for the Cobras and the national team. Also, he will be leading the Cape Town Knight Riders in the inaugural edition of T20 Global League.