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Quinton de Kock Relieved Of Test Captaincy To Ease Load, Says Smith

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South Africa’s Director of Cricket on Friday said that Quinton de Kock won’t be the skipper of Proteas side in the longest format of the game.

Graeme Smith believes that captaining the nation across the three formats are not an easy job to do and he doesn’t want to overburden the limited format skipper with all the responsibilities.

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We Want To Keep Him As Expressive As Possible

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England defeated South Africa by 3-1 recently in the Home series (Image Source: Cricket Australia)

Smith was named South African skipper for the white-ball cricket in January this year as he succeeded Faf du Plesis. The latter had stepped down as test captain after the 3-1 series defeat against England at home.

“From a workload and mental capacity, we felt that to burden him with all three formats wouldn’t be beneficial for us. And with the style of personality and player that he is, we want to keep him as expressive as possible,” said smith While confirming the news.

Who Will Be The Next Test Captain

Explaining the decision Smith said that Quinton will be our limited over captain but for the Test captaincy the management is still searching a suitable candidate.

“I can’t tell you who it is going to be. We are in a debate over it,” said the permanent director of the CSA.

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Cricket South Africa is still finalizing the Test captain (Image Credits: The South African)

Talking further, Smith said that they cannot pin point a player randomly to captain the proteas side.

“We’ve got to understand the personalities, look at the people and maybe take a risk on someone potentially and back them,” added the Former Captain in his statement.

Quinton de Kock: Career Overview

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Quinton de Kock averaged 44.65 in 121 ODIs he played (Image Credits:Daily news)

The left handed batsman’s batting style gets him to be compared with the greats of the game like Adam Gilchrist and Mark Boucher. Quinton’s statistics speak volumes of his talent as a wicketkeeper and as a batsman.

He averaged 44.65 in 121 ODIs he played and scored a total of 5135 runs with 15 centuries. In the longest format of the game, the average read as 39.12 in 47 tests with 5 centuries. His ability to play handy and dauntless shots makes the opponents totally clueless during the game.

But, if talking about the leadership skill, he had captained South Africa in 8 Odis and ended 4 times as the winning skipper.

Stats Credit (ESPNCricinfo)

Multiple Captain Policy

Among the cricket playing nations taking part in the test Championship, India and New Zealand are the only teams with one captain across the formats. Except these two nations, others have a policy of having multiple captains.

Having multiple skippers would be beneficial in the long run, they think. South Africa also seems to impose the policy with the recent announcement.

South Africa was in the list along with India and NZ from 2017 but the world cup debacle and the recent home series forced the Proteas to change their stance.

With Smith as the permanent director, it will be interesting to see how the things will change for South Africa and who will be the next captain to change the fate for Cricket South Africa.

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