Proteas allrounder JP Duminy says last Sunday’s performance against Ireland was the perfect preparation for the upcoming ODI against Australia.
Duminy’s unbeaten 52 off 43 balls and career-best bowling figures of 4/16 come at the back of weeks of preparation and the implementation of some “mental tweaks”, and has given him some confidence ahead of the opening match at Centurion tomorrow (1.30pm).
Duminy says: “I was very happy with that performance leading into the series coming up.
“It was probably the perfect preparation going into what is going to be a big series for us.
“I’m happy with where my game is at the moment in terms of the practices we have had over the last few days, those have been good.
“I will go into the game with a little bit of confidence but I don’t want to read too much into those kind of performances.
“Time in the middle is always the best formula.”
Duminy adds: “That is where you are going to execute the changes you have made. It’s also where you gain your confidence, where you get to understand your game better.
“We have been doing a lot of middle training over the last week and that helps you understand how you want to go about it.
“I’ve tweaked a few things and hopefully I can find that form I have been searching for.”
His performance on Sunday follows a gritty 88 in the second Test against New Zealand last month, and is the upward curve in performances he has been working towards after an inconsistent run with the bat.
Duminy also hopes to play a bigger role with the ball, and has worked closely with Proteas spin bowling coach Claude Henderson on some technical and mental adjustments.
He explains: “I have made a few mental changes and one or two technical changes to my game which have contributed to some decent performances of late.
“I would definitely say it’s a continuation, I’ve gained some good confidence from that first innings in the second Test so I’m happy with the state of my game.”