Felt Like I Was Playing My Debut Match – Quinton de Kock
South African cricket has been revamped in the recent past. The Proteas have been put under the scanner but now there is a solid structure in place. Mark Boucher has been named as the head coach of the team whereas former talisman all-rounder Jacques Kallis is the new batting consultant. Subsequently, the Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock believes he was making his International debut all over again.
The southpaw batsman came out to bat when South Africa was hanging on the ropes at 97-4 on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test match against England. The English bowlers had landed some potent punches and the hosts needed a batsman who could pull them from the troubled waters.
Quinton de Kock played a fine knock.
“I said to Bouch the other day, it felt like I was playing my debut all over again. There have been a lot of changes and a lot of things have happened. As a team we want to turn things around,” sport24.co.za quoted De Kock as saying.
“There has been a lot of talk and a lot of things done off the field when it comes to practices and that stuff. I felt re-energised getting into the series with all the changes and now that there is structure. I think the guys are very happy at the moment and hopefully, it goes well for us,” he added.
Subsequently, Quinton de Kock came out to bat with an aggressive approach and attacked whatever that was in his arch. The left-hander scored a fine knock of 95 runs from only 128 balls as he helped Proteas reach a respectable score of 277-9 at the end of day’s play.
“I was not trying to go at whatever strike rate I was going at. I was just trying to get myself in good positions and show some intent. Whether I was scoring runs or not I just wanted to make sure I was getting my head in the game and compete out there. When I started finding rhythm it started happening,” De Kock said.
South Africa will like to post a par score in the first innings. The pitch is going to get difficult to bat on. On the other hand, England young pacer Sam Curran scalped four wickets.
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