Quinton De Kock named new captain of South Africa ODI squad

Ross Houston
January 24, 2020

"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". He is still recovering from a finger injury sustained during the ongoing Test series against England.

Du Plessis was not included in the squad for the three-match ODI series against the world champion, which starts on February 4, CSA making the announcement a day after England won at St George's Park in the penultimate Test to take a 2-1 lead.

Du Plessis has led the Proteas for the past four years but finds himself under mounting pressure after presiding over seven defeats in his last eight Tests.

"He hasn't retired. He is still in our plans, but it is important in terms of succession plans that we look at other options".

The former Proteas skipper added: "With the World Cup around the corner, we need to go forward".

The organisation says that the squad is made up of young and exciting members that are the cream of the South African domestic set-up's crop. The next Test match we play after this series will be in the Caribbean - there is an extensive amount of time. "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". "I've seen it from the side, standing next to him as 'keeper and helping him with one or two things on the field and off the field, I have learnt from him". "Quinny" is one of the guys we have identified for the future". "It will be silly of us not to have him involved". During the India tour, the captain of the T20 team was handed over to Quinton de Kock by CSA. "We have got to support him and make sure we develop into an outstanding leader".

He might be eyeing the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year before taking the final call.

However, even at the age of 36, de Villiers remains one of the pre-eminent T20 batsmen in the world, and Smith said he was open to the prospect of his return.

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