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Duminy was scheduled to recover before the start of the second Test at Port Elizabeth © Getty Images

Dec 14, 2014

South Africa batsman Jean-Paul Duminy, who has been undergoing treatment for a left knee injury suffered in Australia last month, might miss the entire Test series against West Indies, according to coach Russell Domingo. Duminy was scheduled to recover before the start of the second Test at Port Elizabeth on boxing day.  The first of three test starts from December 17 at Centurion.

“It’s highly unlikely [he’ll play in Port Elizabeth],” Domingo said on Saturday. “The medical committee will hand a report back on that. His treatment is going fine at the moment, but he’ll probably take a bit longer than anticipated”, reports sportal.co.nz.

South Africa are reluctant to rush Duminy as ICC World Cup 2015 is just around the corner “Guys want to play Test cricket if they’re available,” Domingo added. “Also we have to realise the World Cup is just over two months away and JP is a big player for us in that format, as well as every format. We need to assess where he is in the next week or two and then make a decision.”

Domingo defended the under-performing opener Alviro Petersen, who has not scored a century in 23 innings. “I honestly believe there is a big score around the corner for him, technically he’s playing well,” he added. “And he seems to thrive when he has got a point to prove, when people are trying to write him off. I don’t think he needs too much motivation. “I know there a lot of questions about his selection but to me, he has been a good performer for South Africa over a period of time. All players go through slumps”, said Domingo.