De Kock is appointed as the new captain of South Africa replacing Du Plessis.
Faf du Plessis has been left out of the squad and is replaced by Quinton de Kock as the new captain of South Africa for the upcoming three-match ODI series against England. Du Plessis is said to be under observation due to seven losses during their last Test series. However, he was able to lead his squad winning 39 ODI matches.
On the other hand, De Kock executed an outstanding performance and was able to score 4,907 runs with an average of 45.01. ‘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’, Graeme Smith stated, CSA’s Acting Director of Cricket.
Aside from De Kock, Lutho Sipamla, Sisanda Magala, Bjorn Fortuin, Janneman Malan, and Kyle Verreynne will also join the squad. ‘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’, Linda Zondi added, CSA’s Independent Selector.
The upcoming ODI series of South Africa against England will take place in Newlands, Capetown on February 4. As of now, England ( -227.27) is on the lead against South Africa (+190). To keep you updated, check out the latest cricket odds at Betwala.
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