Duminy maintains leadership ambition

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Batsman JP Duminy is eager to pursue a leadership role, not necessarily in an official capacity, as South Africa embark on an era without former Test skipper Graeme Smith.

Batsman JP Duminy is eager to pursue a leadership role, not necessarily in an official capacity, as South Africa embark on an era without former Test skipper Graeme Smith.

Smith retired from international cricket earlier this year, leaving ODI captain AB de Villiers, T20I leader Faf du Plessis, the veteran Hashim Amla and Duminy among the options as successor.

Amla was ultimately handed the coveted position last month – and will lead a squad featuring the uncapped Stiaan van Zyl and Dane Piedt to Sri Lanka for two Tests later this month.

"I saw my name there. I didn't particularly throw my name in the hat but it's definitely something I have thought about – not necessarily only in Test cricket but also in different formats," said Duminy.

"Definitely in the future, I would like to step into that role. I've played enough cricket to know what it's about and so it's about testing myself – whether I can do the job. I am looking forward to the challenge if it comes.

"Graeme was a guy that led from the front in terms of his aura about himself and the way he conducted himself. I don't think we, the current players, could fit into that role so we've got to stick together in terms of what we are trying to achieve as a senior's group."

Meanwhile, seamers Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Rory Kleinveldt's recovery from ankle surgery and a knee injury respectively is proving promising. Tsotsobe and Kleinveldt are expected to return in August.

"We are under no illusion that it's a long season, the guys play cricket for almost 11 months of the year. It is important for us to find the balance of managing workloads of the players going into a new season," said team manager Mohammed Moosajee.

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