Quinton de Kock, who is already leading South Africa’s team in the ODI and T20I, has been temporarily handed over the captaincy duty for the Test team. He will succeed Faf du Plessis, who had earlier also stepped down from captaincy in white-ball cricket.
The decision to appoint the wicketkeeper-batsman in charge of the Test team contrast with earlier Graeme Smith‘s statement which said that de Kock would not be made the captain for extended format. But the statement released by Cricket South Africa (CSA) mentions that Quinton is comfortable with the balance of workload. Notably, he will only get seven Tests in the 2020-21 season.
“Quinton is happy to continue in the role for the next season and is comfortable with the balance of the workload and we back him fully as a captain,” convenor of selectors Victor Mpitsang said. “We are also pleased with the leadership group in the team and are cultivating a strong individual leadership culture at the same time so that the team produces a sustainable stream of potential captains for the future.”
South Africa announces 15-man squad; Quinton de Kock to lead:
South Africa has also announced a 15-men squad for Sri Lanka for two-match series. Uncapped Sarel Erwee, Glenton Stuurman and Kyle Verreyne have been included in the squad. The premier pacer Kagiso Rabada and Dwaine Pretorius have not been named as he still recovering from injury. They will be assessed in the coming days to determine if they could be added to the squad.
Squad for Sri Lanka Tests: Quinton de Kock (capt, wk), Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Beuran Hendricks, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Sarel Erwee, Anrich Nortje, Glenton Stuurman, Wiaan Mulder, Keegan Petersen, Kyle Verreynne.