I feel like a parrot saying this but surely now is the time for coach Russell Domingo to get out the guillotine out for Koppe.
Yes, manne like Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla also failed in the first Test against England, but JP Duminy had a big role to play with Faf du Plessis missing from the Lord’s encounter.
The lefty only managed a combined total of 17 runs in both innings as South Africa slumped to a 211-run defeat.
As a matter of fact, in his last 10 Tests, Duminy batted 18 times and only scored 603 runs which gives him an average of 33.5, and during that time he only scored two centuries, one in Jozi and one in Perth, and only two fifties.
In the last Test, we also saw how little Duminy is entrusted with the ball as both Temba Bavuma and Theunis de Bruyn were used ahead of him.
So without any contributions with the bat or ball, it is hard to fathom why Domingo is still keeping faith with the Strandfontein-raised Duminy.
When the Proteas take the field on Friday at Trent Bridge for the second Test, Faf will once again be their leader and De Bruyn should be walking out behind him.
At the age of 24, De Bruyn is primed for an extended run in the Test team and “Tribbes” has done more than enough to earn his place after leading the Knights to a four-day title last season.
His first-class record is also worth looking at with an average of 45.66 and a strike rate of 65, while the fact that he took the Knights captaincy in his stride at a young age must also make him a more attractive option than a 33-year-old bra who has been sukkelling for form in the last two years.
In all likelihood, Duminy will probably stay, but Domingo should really look at De Bruyn while the long shot could even see him take a gamble on the impressive Aiden Markram.