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Duminy the man to watch for South Africa across whole T20 series

| 08.09.2012

JP Duminy is traditionally one of South Africa’s most destructive batsmen in the T20 form of cricket and he will have a leading role to play in the third series this summer with England.

South Africa took over at the head of the Test rankings with victory in this particular series, while a 2-2 draw in the 50-over game meant that England just clung on to top spot.

For the first time this summer, it is South Africa putting a top spot on the line, with England looking to overhaul them with a success across the three T20 fixtures.

South Africa are marginal favourites to win the opener at Chester-le-Street at 4/5 and come in having triumphed in 10 of their last 13 T20 contests.

However, England will want a strong series as a final preparation for the defence of the T20 World Cup crown and themselves have won six of their last eight in this format of the game.

This suggests a tight series, but in terms of a correct score, South Africa have to be preferred to prevail 2-1 at 13/8, with the hosts without star batsmen Kevin Pietersen and dangerous bowler in the 20-over game Steve Finn.

No chances are being taken in the market for England’s top runscorer in the first game, with six players all priced up at 4/1.

Alex Hales is still a rookie on the international stage, but showed his capabilities with 99 against the West Indies earlier this year.

If he can be similarly destructive against a more deadly attack, he could be a sensible option from this group.

For South Africa, Duminy sticks out at 5/1 to top the South African scorecard at Chester-le-Street and even more so at 9/1 to be their leading runscorer across the three matches.

He has top-scored for the Proteas in four of their last nine T20 fixtures, surpassing 40 on four occasions in this time.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.