Duminy plays down World Cup fitness fears

2015 World Cup

Allrounder JP Duminy has played down talk that he would not be ready for the start of South Africa's upcoming World Cup campaign, which will be starting on the 14 February in Australia and New Zealand.

Duminy was named in the Proteas' 15-man World Cup squad despite fears that a knee injury, which kept him out of an ODI series tour to Australia in November, has not yet fully recovered.  

30 year-old Duminy also pulled out of the Proteas' T20 squad that is going to do battle against the West Indies starting on the 9 January, but said that he should be fit for the five-match ODI series, against the same opponents, commencing on 16 January.

Duminy told Sport24 at the launch of the Proteas' World Cup squad: "The injury's going well. The rehab of the last week, and the fitness is coming on nicely. The plan is to definitely be part of the one-day series (against the West Indies).

"Probably, it's going to be a push to be part of the T20 games. So the plan is the first ODI on the 16th. We're working towards that."

The news will come as a relief to all Protea fans, as Duminy has become an important member of the team, and he has assured everyone that he will be ready for their opening match against Zimbabwe on the 14 February at Seddon Park in Hamilton, New Zealand.

He said: "No, no doubts. I'll have to break something drastically for me not to play there. So I'm definitely looking forward to that."