JP Duminy has issued an apology to South Africa's fans as they prepare to face the consequences of a disappointing Cricket World Cup campaign.

A string of insipid performances in England mean South Africa head into their penultimate fixture against Sri Lanka, which takes place on Friday at The Riverside, having won just one of seven matches.

Duminy is retiring from ODIs after the tournament following a 15-year career, so has taken any decision about his future out of the hands of the national selectors.

But there could be repercussions for some of his team-mates, with the futures of captain Faf du Plessis and coach Ottis Gibson ripe for discussion.

Players who have underperformed in this tournament could find themselves discarded by the time South Africa begin a tour of India in September.

"We had one mission," Duminy told the media. "That was to play really good cricket in this World Cup and give ourselves a good chance to get into the play-offs and take it from there.

"Unfortunately, we have come up short and our skills haven't been good enough on this trip."

The 35-year-old all-rounder said the team's performance had been "pretty dismal", adding: "We obviously want to apologise to the public and the South African fans for letting them down.

"When you represent your country it is always a proud moment and you understand that you represent 50, 60 million people, that is a proud moment in itself.

"And when you put in performances like that, you in a way almost feel ashamed of that."

He predicted the Proteas would "come back stronger" after "some sort of introspection around where we have gone wrong".

But South Africa's squad are aware of the talk from back home. Asked what steps Cricket South Africa might take in the aftermath, Duminy said: "I wish I could give you an answer. I'm not sure. Obviously, we heard reports that heads will roll."

He mounted a defence of team management and expressed his regret that they were the first to be blamed.

"They have given us all the backing that we need to go out there and put in big performances, but we are the ones that have come up short," Duminy said.

"In terms of the decisions that Cricket South Africa make, that's out of my hands. But going on the back of previous World Cups, there will probably be some shifting and I think that's the reality that we all understand."

South Africa all-rounder JP Duminy will end his one-day international career after the Cricket World Cup.

Duminy on Friday announced that the fifth and final match of the ODI series against Sri Lanka at Newlands on Saturday will be his last on home soil.

The 34-year-old, who has played 193 matches for his country in the 50-over format, will still be available to feature in Twenty20 Internationals after the showpiece in England.

"The last few months on the sidelines have given me an opportunity to re-assess my career going forward and to plot some goals I'd like to achieve in the future," he said.

"While a decision like this is never easy, I also feel that it is the right time for me to pass on the baton.

"I will still be available to play international and domestic T20 cricket, but would also like to invest more time towards my growing family, who are my number one priority.

"I have been privileged to live out my dream playing a sport I love, and I am forever grateful for the support I have received from my team mates, coaches, family, friends and fans throughout the years."

Duminy has scored four ODI hundreds, 27 half-centuries and taken 68 wickets at an average of 45.08.

Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla and JP Duminy have been recalled to the South Africa squad for the last two ODIs against Sri Lanka.

The Proteas took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series at Kingsmead on Sunday and the experienced trio will return for the remaining rubbers in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

Markram has forced his way back in with his impressive form, including back-to-back centuries, helping the Titans to the top of the One-Day Cup table.

Former captain Amla was rested for the first three matches and will hope to impress in South Africa's final series before the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Duminy also returns to the fold having made his comeback from over three months out due to shoulder surgery with the Cape Cobras.

"Experience is always a key factor in major tournaments such as the World Cup. It is great to see how well JP has regained his best form after being out of action for so long," said selection convener Linda Zondi.

"What has also been highly encouraging is to see how well the Proteas have played when they have returned to franchise cricket. It is important that they should dominate at this level and that their skills should rub off on our emerging talent.

"JP, Aiden and Dwaine Pretorius have all made significant contributions to their franchises in recent matches.

"We will use the final two matches in the ODI series to continue to examine all the options that are available to us as far as the World Cup squad is concerned."

Reeza Hendricks and Wiaan Mulder will sit out the final two games, with the squad growing to incorporate 15 players.

South Africa ODI squad: Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.

Imran Tahir, JP Duminy and Chris Morris were notable absentees when Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced the players who have been awarded national contracts for 2019-20.

Tahir turns 40 this month and revealed he may retire after the Cricket World Cup, so it is no surprise that the spinner has not been handed a deal by CSA.

Duminy underwent shoulder surgery last year, while Morris featured in the Twenty20 International series against Pakistan last month, but has not played a one-day international for over a year and you have to go back to 2017 for his last Test appearance.

Reeza Hendricks and Theunis de Bruyn have been given their first full national contracts in a week which saw Duanne Olivier turn his back on his country to sign a Kolpak deal with Yorkshire.

Players who were omitted from the list could be upgraded to a full contract if they impress for the Proteas.


CSA contracted men's players: Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn.

 

 

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