Sunday, 8 December 2019

De Kock won’t shy away from Proteas captaincy

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CAPE TOWN: Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has had a few opportunities to captain the national team, the latest coming in the white-ball leg of the recent tour to India.

With regular skipper Faf du Plessis not included in the three-match T20 International series against India, de Kock led the team to a victory in the final match, drawing level after the first match was rained out.

Du Plessis has indicated that the 2020 World T20 in Australia could be his swansong, and the 26-year-old looks to be the leading frontrunner to take up the role going forward.

However, de Kock said he wasn’t looking that far ahead, but would grab the opportunity to take over the captaincy if presented to him.

“The way I see it is that I was just a replacement,”

“That’s the way I took it. For now, it’s still Faf’s baby. But maybe if things change and they do want me to do it, then I will do it. “

For the moment, I am not looking too far ahead. I am just trying to look at how I can help out with the youngsters, with the new guys in the T20 team, and by myself, just getting better and getting ready for the T20 World Cup next year. But if that does come upon me, then I will try and grab it with both hands.”

De Kock told ESPNcricinfo.

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