JP Duminy says a positive mindset will be key for the Castle Lager Proteas on day two of the first Test match against Pakistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The Proteas are 245 for 8 at stumps, and will be looking to build that total before striking with the ball.
"All we can do is to make sure we come with a positive frame of mind," Duminy said at the post-play press conference. "We need get as many runs as possible and start well with the ball.
"Having the bowling line-up that we do, you have to back us to do a great job. Hopefully tomorrow we can stay out there as long as possible with the bat and strike upfront and put a lot of pressure on them."
Duminy marked his return to the Test team with a good Test match debut score against Pakistan and has come full circle since his injury, making a successful comeback in all three formats for South Africa.
"It’s just great to be back playing cricket," he remarked . "It’s always a special feeling playing a Test match for your country. Coming back a couple of months ago in an ODI game was a great feeling. There were some lows and some highs from that injury but I had a great support structure and medical team and it’s thanks to them that I am where I am today."
The left-hander partnered in an important 95-run fifth-wicket partnership with centurion Hashim Amla, to bring some stability to a shaky start. Duminy was full of praise for Amla, who continues to re-write the records books.
"To see the power of concentration he has is phenomenal," Duminy said of the No.1 ranked Test batsman. "I saw a stat on TV today that he is about 30 Tests behind Gary Kirsten and only one Test century separating them, that says a lot. The key is for him to try and push on for us; we strive on taking responsibility within the team when you are in."