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    CSA name De Kock as Proteas ODI captain & announce ODI squad to play England

    Tuesday, 21 January 2020

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) is pleased to name Quinton de Kock as the new Standard Bank Proteas One-Day International captain.

    He made his international debut in December 2012 after an impressive showing at that year’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Australia and was called up into the ODI squad just a short month later.

    The 27-year-old wicket-keeper batsman boasts 115 ODI caps with 4 907 runs. An exciting talent from the beginning, De Kock has been one of South Africa’s standout and most consistent batsmen for several seasons with an ODI average of 45.01, 14 centuries, 24 half-centuries and a high score of 178 (off 113 balls, 16x4, 11x6s) which he made against Australia at SuperSport Park in September 2016.

    CSA Acting Director of Cricket Graeme Smith commented;

    “We all know the quality of the player that Quinton de Kock has grown to become. Over the years, we have watched him grow in confidence and become one of the top ODI wicket-keeper batsmen in the world. He has a unique outlook and manner in which he goes about his business and is tactically very street smart. We are confident that the new leadership role will bring out the best in him as a cricketer and that he can take the team forward into the future and produce results that South Africans the world over can be very proud of. We wish him the very best in this new role and look forward to watching him make his mark in this series against the World Cup Champions.”

    With two weeks to go until the start of the ODI series against the reigning ICC World Cup Champions, CSA is delighted to also announce the following players who will make up the 15-man squad:

    Quinton de Kock (captain, Momentum Multiply Titans), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Jon Jon Smuts (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Sisanda Magala (Warriors), Bjorn Fortuin (Imperial Lions), Beuran Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Janneman Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Kyle Verreynne (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras).

    It is a young and exciting squad that boasts the cream of the South African domestic set-up’s crop. It is with great pride that the selectors have identified five players who are receiving an ODI call-up for the very first time, they are; Lutho Sipamla, Sisanda Magala, Bjorn Fortuin, Janneman Malan and Kyle Verreynne. CSA endeavours to reward consistently good performances and saw this series as an opportunity to reward youngsters who have excelled in the domestic structures for some time, while giving senior members of the Proteas team a rest in the heavily scheduled international season that faces them.

    Four of the named players’ selection is dependent on their passing a fitness test as they work in the CSA Centre of Excellence in Pretoria to be match ready by the time the team meets in Cape Town on 31 January. Those players are Lungi Ngidi (who is making a comeback from injury), Sisanda Magala, Tabraiz Shamsi and Jon Jon Smuts.

    CSA Independent Selector Linda Zondi said;

    “We are really pleased with the squad we have selected, it is a good indication of the depth that we have in the country. 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. The pool that we build going forward is going to be vital in the selection of that 2023 World Cup squad but also without looking too far ahead, we are confident that we have players that will make South Africa proud in this ODI series against a confident England team.”

    Mr Zondi will be available for interviews over the phone for the remainder of the day until 18:00 on +27 71 869 7510.


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    Will be interesting to see how QdK progresses now as a leader.


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    It was inevitable and the only question was when it will happen.

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    This Sisanda Magala guy weighs at least 120kg and is in the team. I have no idea how a player like him could make the team. Thankfully there are players like Malan and Verreyne too.

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    Good luck to QdK.

    Awkward how Faf has been both sacked as ODI captain and dropped from the squad, and he does not even feature in the statements from CSA. :-/

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    He is one of the best players in the world already, and hopefully the added responsibility of captaincy will spur him to have an absolutely monstrous peak over the next 5-6 years.

    He needs to score 10,000+ runs in ODIs with 30+ hundreds. While the likes of Buttler and Pant are phenomenal, De Kock is the true heir to Gilchrist’s throne.

    I would personally like him to become the Test captain as well. However, it would be advisable if he drops the gloves and move up to #4. I am not sure if South Africa have a Test class WK waiting in the wings though.

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    The best under-29 batsmen in the world finally gets the responsibility of leading his team in International cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Good luck to QdK.

    Awkward how Faf has been both sacked as ODI captain and dropped from the squad, and he does not even feature in the statements from CSA. :-/
    I don't think he's dropped but rested like Rabada and other players as well who are not in ODI squad. Looks like a very T20 squad.

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    What happened to Faf?

    Sacked + dropped? WHY?

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    He is not a captaincy material. Do not see that command/gravity in his body language.
    Good luck to him though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
    What happened to Faf?

    Sacked + dropped? WHY?
    SA are planning for the future and Faf is not a long term player at this point.

    Perhaps he has been rested, but i wouldn't be surprised if he was phased out.

    ODI is his best format though so it is somewhat questionable.

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    He is too irresponsible as is shown in his batting. This may backfire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    He is one of the best players in the world already, and hopefully the added responsibility of captaincy will spur him to have an absolutely monstrous peak over the next 5-6 years.

    He needs to score 10,000+ runs in ODIs with 30+ hundreds. While the likes of Buttler and Pant are phenomenal, De Kock is the true heir to Gilchrist’s throne.

    I would personally like him to become the Test captain as well. However, it would be advisable if he drops the gloves and move up to #4. I am not sure if South Africa have a Test class WK waiting in the wings though.
    Well, Heinrich Klassen is considered the best pure gloveman in the SA domestic circuit so he could bat lower down the order for SA. He also has a fc average of 44, so SA arent losing anything by making QDK drop his gloves.

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    The added responsibility should improve him further as a player. Good decision by South Africa.

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    Not a player for the big occasion. Failed in 2 ODI World Cups but then SA does not have many options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danyaalr01 View Post
    He is too irresponsible as is shown in his batting. This may backfire.
    This poster speaks the truth. I recently read an article about QdK, and he most definitely is not captain material in my eyes. They speak of his "intelligence" or lack thereof, and the fact that he didn't finish school, etc. It is a worthy read.

    Anyway, I do not think he's the best choice and I hope not the long term solution. We need a feisty upstart, like Graeme Smith use to be, to build a champion team.
    Last edited by The Viper; 23rd January 2020 at 01:39.

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    Good luck to him, hope he can make SA a major power again. Cricket can't afford a weak South African team.

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    Doesn't come across as a thinking player to me. Maybe SA selectors saw some strategic genius hidden behind the blank face.

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    MODs can you change the topic to: Quinton appointed captain for England ODI series? It has been confirmed by Zondi that Faf has been rested and not dropped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minamino View Post
    MODs can you change the topic to: Quinton appointed captain for England ODI series? It has been confirmed by Zondi that Faf has been rested and not dropped.
    Quinton is confirmed as permanent ODI captain.

    Faf is rested but he is no longer captain.

    Graeme Smith confirmed that Faf is still T20 captain.

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    No other options, had to go with QDK...


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