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Thu Apr 24 05:41:56 SAST 2014

Vern and I are the engine room, says Duminy

TEAMtalk Media | 17 August, 2012 11:430 Comments
Jean-Paul Duminy of South Africa hits out as England wicketkeeper Matt Prior looks on during day one of the 3rd Investec Test match between England and South Africa at Lord's Cricket Ground on August 16, 2012 in London, England
Image by: Harry Engels / Getty Images

Batsman JP Duminy delighted in his partnership alongside all-rounder Vernon Philander after the pair eased South Africa to a position of relative safety on day one of the third and final Test at Lord's.

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Having won the toss and opted to bat first in the series decider, the Proteas slumped to 54 for four before lunch.

Graeme Smith, Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis - all centurions in the first two matches of the three-match affair - failed on Thursday, leaving AB de Villiers and Jacques Rudolph to lead the fightback.

The duo obliged to the tune of a 51-run stand for the fifth wicket, but really it as Duminy's 58-run alliance with Rudolph and 72-run combination with Philander that afforded South Africa recovery to 262 for seven before bad light brought a premature close to proceedings.

"Session one didn't go our way but I think we are happy with the way the second and third session went for us," said Duminy. "As it stands, England are probably more on top than us but I think we are happy with the fighting spirit that we showed in the end.

"Vernon and I consider ourselves as the engine room in the team and if the top order fails we see ourselves as contributors to the team."

The left-handed Duminy, who eventually fell to seamer James Anderson for 61 three deliveries into the second new ball, hailed the effort of Philander.

His provincial team-mate, with a couple of unbeaten cameos in the tour fixtures against Worcestershire and Derbyshire, graduated to the highest score of his fledgling international career. Unbeaten on 46 at stumps, is a mere four runs away from a maiden Test half-century.

"Philander is batting exceptionally well, I think it started in Derby during our last warm-up game. I have played with him at Western Province for a number of years, I know his capabilities and they have definitely shown here," added Duminy.

"I think we would like to get to 300, anything above that would be a bonus. There is always something in there for the bowlers so if we can utilise that with our bowling potential I'm sure we can get into the England line-up."

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