JP Duminy scored unbeaten 260 in the Sunfoil Series in the match against Lions © Getty Images
JP Duminy scored unbeaten 260 in the Sunfoil Series in the match against Lions © Getty Images

Despite a remarkable comeback with the Cape Cobras, JP Duminy is unlikely to secure a spot for himself in the South Africa national team for the ongoing series against England. Duminy, in the last game against Lions, scored an unbeaten 260 that helped his team to draw the match but that does not seem enough to impress the selectors to give him another chance. The South African batsmen showed good cricket as Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma performed really well in the last encounter leaving Stiaan Van Zyl to be the only batsman to be concerned about. At this point, the team is seeking a good opener alongside Dean Elgar and Duminy does not meet up to the criterion. READ: Daryll Cullinan lashes out at Hashim Amla over his remarks regarding South African coloured players

Elgar performed really well throughout confirming himself to be the efficient opener for the Proteas in the Tests and now it is Van Zyl whom the selectors are looking up to. The option in hand for them is to drop Van Zyl and send Quinton de Kock to open, which they are not ready to do.  As reported by sport24.com, convenor of selectors Linda Zondi was quoted saying, “Besides shuffling around it would be asking too much of a young guy like Quinny to open the batting. Also to shuffle around Stiaan van Zyl, there is Cookie (Stephen Cook) who is pushing for a place. For now, at the moment, to have guys performing and pushing for places gives us more options.” READ: South Africa vs England 2015-16, 3rd Test at Johannesburg: Preview

Lions’ skipper and opener Stephen Cook has scored consecutive centuries in the last two games.

Mentioning the fact that dropping Duminy has helped him get back to form, Zondi said, “It’s always better when you drop someone to go find form and he replies with a double century. It is a nice problem to have and it gives us options. When you look at the middle order, Temba Bavuma did well, Faf du Plessis did well and pending how the balance of the team looks heading into the Test match, we’ll look at the pitch and make a decision from there. But it is good for JP, good for his confidence. We know with these players that form is temporary.”