PROTEAS star JP Duminy may be out of action on the pitch because of injury, but he is being kept busy with a new addition to the family.
Duminy and his wife, Sue, have adopted a rescued puppy named Dimples.
The cricketer, out of the game for six months after an injury to an Achilles tendon, adopted the puppy from the NGO African Tails. He was introduced to Dimples by his wife, who does volunteer work with the SPCA.
African Tails takes in stray dogs or those at risk, rescues dogs and performs sterilisations in poor communities.
Speaking of Dimples, he said: “She has got quite a unique story.”
African Tails rescued Dimples from the streets of Eerste River when she was 10 weeks old.
The dog was unable to use her legs and was infected with hookworm parasites.
Sue said they had nursed Dimples back to health.
“At the moment Dimples seems happy and healthy, despite her difficulty running,” she said.
Speaking from their Plattekloof home yesterday, JP also commented on the Proteas’ performance in the Test series in Australia, saying he was “over the moon” about his stand-in, Francois du Plessis, popularly known as Faf.
Du Plessis played impressively in the second Test in Adelaide, batting for a day and a half to prevent an Aussie triumph.
“Faf and I have come a long way; I am over the moon for him.
“All the praise he is getting, he is making the country proud. Hopefully along the line I will get another opportunity once I am fully healed to get back in the game. It’s the first time that I have had an injury of this nature, so it will take some getting used to.”
Based on yesterday’s Test, the all-rounder feels the Proteas can win the third Test, saying that they can gain a lot of confidence from their latest performance.