South Africa have announced that opening wicket-keeper/batsman, Quinton de Kock will lead the Proteas in the remaining two one-day international matches against Sri Lanka, whilst JP Duminy will lead in the only T20 game scheduled.
This comes after captain, Faf du Plessis was ruled out of the remainder of the Sri Lankan tour due to injury.
During the 3rd ODI on Sunday, Faf fell awkwardly while attempting to take a catch in the 10th over and fell on his troublesome right shoulder. He left the field and didn’t take any further part in the match.
I for one, am pleased that Quinton de Kock is taking over the captaincy, I feel this is the correct decision. There was talk that perhaps the captaincy would be given to Aiden Markram, who was left out of the playing XI on Sunday due to his poor run of form.
I was of the firm belief this would be unfair on Markram and would put too much pressure on his young shoulders. Whilst some may say that the series is already won so the pressure is off, I believe that Markram would still feel under pressure, and he should rather just be allowed to focus on his batting without the added responsibility of taking on the captaincy as well.
Coach Ottis Gibson had this to say about Markram:
“It is about trying to grow the team and growing the leaders within the team. Aiden captained against India and he is not currently in the team, he has had some struggles on this Sri Lanka tour so far.
Quinton de Kock also had a good game as captain in Sunday’s ODI, and I am glad that the selectors have decided to go with the same man as captain for the remainder of the series.
About Quinton de Kock being named captain, Gibson said:
“I have always found Quinton to have a good cricket brain, he understands the game. With Faf injured, it seems like a good opportunity and chance for him to show that side of his game as a leader for the next two games.”
“We thought we would have a look at Quinton for the next two games, which will give Aiden time to settle himself. He is a fine player and we are confident he will find form & there will be other opportunities for us to continue to grow that side of his leadership.”
With the series already having been won by the Proteas, and with Faf’s injury, it gives them the chance to play around with their playing XI.
Kagiso Rabada needs a rest, so I wouldn’t play him. Maharaj and Dala need a run so we can see what they can offer, and hopefully Klaasen is now fit and ready to play.
The likes of Phehlukwayo, Mulder and Ngidi are all inexperienced and need maximum time in the middle, so I hope they all play.
The team I would select for Wednesday’s ODI would be:
Hashim Amla, Quinton De Kock (c & wk), Reeza Hendricks, JP Duminy, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi & Junior Dala.
The fourth ODI begins on Wednesday 8th August, at 11am SA time.