At Buffalo Park, East London Proteas batting coach JP Duminy's role on the men's national team is something he sees as a journey to earn the everyday trust of the players.He already speaks with the knowledge of a person who already knows the difference between being a player and a coach, even though he's still building his CV.Thursday's washed-out ODI against the West Indies would have been his first as part of Rob Walter's coaching group, who embark on a new, but highly pressured journey.Duminy, though, literally grew up from his early 20s into his mid-30s in the glaring limelight of international cricketREAD | Another day, another retirement as world record-holder Trisha Chetty bids Proteas farewellHe's more than ready for the step up after stints with the Lions as batting coach, the Paarl Rocks, and the Paarl Royals."You've labelled it as a father figure, but I see it as more as walking a journey with people on an individual basis," Duminy said."I think the batting coach title emphasises that a lot more.
Can you build a relationship based on trust? That's an important thing and then there's the communication part."For me, it's about the ability to earn the trust of the players every single day.
That is my goal and I'm glad you're seeing it from the get-go."It is my ambition to help these players go through different stages of their careers because there are a few younger guys, and they want to stamp their authority on international cricket."READ | First ODI washout denies Temba's Proteas momentum as warhorses are primed for combatDuminy worked with Walter when he was still the Proteas' strength and conditioning coach, but the Walter he's dealing with now is extensively travelled.Walter left the Proteas to join theRead more on news24.com