Duminy: We need some time in the middle


South Africa all-rounder JP Duminy says the squad's warm-up match against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI in Fatullah on Friday will be an important preparation tool for the series ahead.

This is the squad's only middle-practice opportunity ahead of the opening T20 International against Bangladesh in Mirpur on Sunday, and is a welcome opportunity after a month off.

Duminy said: "In practice matches you generally want to get a feel for the conditions. A lot of us have been off for a month so it’s about spending time out in the middle, getting used to the pace of the ball, putting together game plans for if it takes a bit of turn and to discuss it amongst ourselves.

"The crucial part will be to share the knowledge that we have, a few of us have played in these conditions for a number of years, it’s about sharing that information with the new players."

He identified the conditions and the heat as some of the squad’s biggest challenges of the tour. The players have held two training sessions in intense heat and humidity since their arrival, and along with guidance from the management, have been mindful of easing into proceedings.

Duminy added: "We are no strangers to the heat but it will take a few days to acclimatise. We have to manage ourselves well in terms of the way we train, along with getting enough fluids in.

"We have a great management staff who will give us the information to serve us well."

Personally, Duminy has grown into an important cog of the Proteas’ attack with the ball, and says he is looking forward to testing his temperament against Bangladesh’s batsmen.  

He continued: "It’s something that I have been working on for a long part of my game. I want to make sure that I can contribute with bat and ball.

"Over the years I have gained a lot of experience from playing in different conditions, especially in the IPL where I bowled in the Power Play and at the backend.

"As a spinner I must be able to contribute to the team in any situation and I must be able to give the captain an option during any situation."