De Kock replaces Du Plessis as Proteas ODI captain

Ruben Hill
January 22, 2020

Cricket South Africa (CSA) have named a new captain for their One Day Internationals (ODI) team ahead of the three-match series against England.

Interestingly, he was "rested" for the T20I series in India past year and De Kock had led the side where South Africa levelled the three-series 1-1.

With Du Plessis having said after last year's World Cup, where South Africa finished seventh, that he would consider his future in the format, Tuesday's squad announcement suggested that it might be the end of the road for him in 50-over cricket.

Zondi said the appointment of De Kock was part of succession planning leading up to the 2023 Cricket World Cup.

De Kock has been handed a tough first assignment against Eoin Morgan's World Cup winners, with strike bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Dale Steyn also rested and five uncapped players included.

Du Plessis' absence from the squad is notable, given the pressure he has been under during the Test series and the social media storm surrounding his comments about Temba Bavuma, who is back in the squad after answering du Plessis' call of "weight of runs" with a first-class best of 180 last week.

The 27-year-old wicket-keeper batsman boasts 115 ODI caps with 4,907 runs.

"We all know the quality of the player that Quinton de Kock has grown to become", he said.

'He has a unique outlook and manner in which he goes about his business and is tactically very street smart'.

"Anrich was going to be one of our key bowlers at the World Cup before he got injured and he has been bowling a lot in the Test series, so there is no way that we are throwing him or anyone else away". 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.

After the ODI series, which takes place between February 4-9, the Proteas will take on England in three T20s from February 12-16 and some of the country's bigger names are likely to be included then.

Magala, leg-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, seamer Lungi Ngidi and hard-hitting opening batsman Jon Jon Smuts must pass fitness tests before they can join the squad. The two teams are now in a four-Test series, with England leading 2-1 with one game to go.

Quinton de Kock (captain), Temba Bavuma, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Sisanda Magala, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Jon-Jon Smuts, Rassie van der Dussen, and Kyle Verreynne.

CSA Independent Selector Linda Zondi said the squad reflected a changing of the guard.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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