JP Duminy is optimistic of making a resurgent comeback, following surgery to his left Achilles’ tendon which will keep him on the sidelines for the next four to six months. The injury happened on Day one of the first Test match between Australia and South Africa at the Gabba, following a strong batting display from the top-order.
“It was a bit freakish,” Duminy said. “But with me not being part of the action on Day one with the top order batters doing most of the job, I often like to get out after the day’s play and get the blood flowing in the legs a bit. A few of us were doing some shuttles and run-throughs and unfortunately on one of the turns I turned quite quickly and the Achilles’ snapped.
“Initially I thought the ball hit me at the back of the foot or somebody slapped me because I heard a clicking sound, but when I turned around and saw that there was nobody behind me I knew that something was wrong.”
The setback is a disappointment for Duminy, who has slotted into the number seven role in the Test line-up comfortably since Mark Boucher’s retirement in July this year. He averages 90 in five Tests in 2012, with a century against New Zealand in March.
“I’m still quite young, I still have a long career ahead of me,” Duminy said optimistically. “I’m quite positive about these types of things, over the next four to six months it’s about me putting in the hard work again and making sure I come back to full strength.
“I feel the last three to six months have been a good part of my career and hopefully on my return I can follow up on that.”
Duminy had a remarkable start to his Test career with a century in his second match against Australia, having scored a half-century and the winning runs on his debut Test. He had encouraging words for Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar, both debutants waiting to make their mark.
“They must take the opportunity with both hands,” Duminy said. “These sorts of opportunities don’t come around often and you have to make the most of them. They are both quality players, they have proven themselves on the domestic scene so they definitely deserve their position.”