Duminy calls for leadership group to stand-up
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Duminy calls for leadership group to stand-up

The Proteas are well aware of their shortcomings and where they need to fix things.

South Africa's JP Duminy bowls during a training session on the eve of their opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup against England, at The Oval in London on May 29, 2019.  Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP
South Africa's JP Duminy bowls during a training session on the eve of their opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup against England, at The Oval in London on May 29, 2019. Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP

That is according to JP Duminy who remains defiant and positive, despite South Africa's awful start to the World Cup which saw them lose to hosts England and Bangladesh in the opening few days of the tournament.

“I don’t think we are far away. We were 21 runs short and we can identify areas where we could have made that up, whether with bat or the ball,” Duminy said.

“We are one good performance away from creating a bit of momentum.”

The Proteas top order has failed to fire, it has looked promising at times when Quinton De Kock, Rassie van der Dussen and Faf Du Plessis managed to get themselves in but none of them have pushed on.

 “You need guys to step up and score hundreds and as a top six, we haven’t done that. Pretty much everyone got in but thirties and forties are not going to cut it.”

“At the end of the day, it comes down to partnerships and we fell short,” Duminy said.

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With their backs to the wall ahead of their clash against India in Southampton, Duminy called for the leadership core in the group to stand tall.

 “If you are going to win a tournament like the World Cup, you need good strong characters in the group."

“We are up against it so we are going to need each and every individual to be a leader in their own game. We can’t be moping and hanging our lips on the ground until Wednesday."

“We need to understand how we can improve. When you are playing in a tournament like this, there is always going to be external pressure but it's about embracing that.”

“It’s about putting the performances together and understanding how we are going to get better,” Duminy concluded.

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