Quinton De Kock will be the Test Captain for the South African Team in 2020-21
South Africa’s Test captain is Quinton de Kock. Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced him as the captain for the 2020/21 season on Friday (December 11). South Africa has announced a 15-member squad for the Test series against Sri Lanka.
De Kock, who turned 26 on Thursday, was named captain of South Africa’s limited-overs team last season. However, Cricket South Africa’s cricket director Graeme Smith ruled out a possible Test captain.
In April this year, he said the role of Test captain could put additional pressure on De Kock. Because, in addition to leading the white ball, wicketkeeping and batting are also responsible.
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However, the new convener of the selection team, Victor Empitsang, said De Kock was happy with the role of captain for one season before placing someone in permanent charge.
South Africa is scheduled to play the three-Test series this season. The two-Test series against Sri Lanka will start on December 26. The Proteas will then play a two-match Test series in Pakistan. They will then play a Test series against Australia, the schedule of which has not yet been finalized.
“We, as the national selection panel, are satisfied with this decision as part of making the best decision for the future,” Empitsang said. De Kock is also happy to have the opportunity to play the same role next season. We have completely given up on him to fulfill his balanced responsibilities as a captain.
South Africa has announced a 15-member squad ahead of the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka. Four new faces have been added to the team. They are batsman Sarelle Ervie, Keegan Pietersen, Kyle Varewyn, and fast bowler Glanton Sturman. Besides, all-rounder, Wayne Mulder has returned to the team after a long injury.
Top fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Dwayne Pretoria, however, were not considered for the squad for the first Test at Centurion. They are in rehabilitation to recover from the injury. However, Empitsang said both have been kept under observation and will be considered for a second Test if they recover earlier. The second Test of the series will start on January 3 in Johannesburg.
So far, De Kock has led South Africa in eight ODIs and 11 T20I matches. However, he has no first-class leadership experience. The idea was to have Temba Babuma and Aiden Markram, who have long leadership experience, as captains. But first, they have to strengthen their position in the team. The South African team will meet on December 19.