Quinton de Kock named SA one-day captain

Quinton de Kock is the new South African captain in the ODI format
Quinton de Kock is the new South African captain in the ODI format

Quinton de Kock will lead the Proteas’ one-day side after Cricket SA (CSA) yesterday named the wicketkeeper-batsman as the new permanent captain in the 50-over game.

De Kock, 27,  replaces Faf du Plessis — who has seemingly relinquished his leadership responsibilities in the ODI format of the game — and will be doing the toss when SA open their three-match series against world cup champions England on February 4 at Newlands in Cape Town.

The exuberant De Kock‚ who made his international debut in December 2012‚ is no stranger to a leadership role having captained the Proteas’ T20 side during the forgettable tour of India in September last year when SA recovered from 1-0 down to square the three-match series after the first match was abandoned due to rain.

At the time‚ then interim coach Enoch Nkwe said the team was looking at life beyond Du Plessis.

CSA independent national selector Linda Zondi said De Kock’s appointment was an indication that the Proteas had depth in their pool.

“The road towards the 2023 Cricket World Cup starts now and we want players doing well in our domestic structures to see the rewards of the hard work that they have put in‚” Zondi said.

The Johannesburg-born De Kock‚ who has racked up 4,907 runs in 115 matches averages 45.01 with 14 centuries and 24 half-centuries to his name‚ is just 93 runs away from being the 11th South African to go past the 5‚000 run mark.

CSA interim director of cricket Graeme Smith said he was  confident that the new leadership role would bring out the best in De Kock.

“Over the years‚ we have watched him grow in confident and become one of the top ODI wicketkeeper batsmen in the world.

“We wish him the very best in this new role and look forward to watching him make his mark in this series against England‚”  Smith said.

Meanwhile CSA also named their 15-man squad that will square up against the world champions in three-match ODI series.

The selectors named five players who have been called up to the Proteas for the first time.

Lutho Sipamla‚ Sisanda Magala‚ Bjorn Fortuin‚ Janneman Malan and Kyle Verreynne all received maiden call-ups. — TimesLIVE