The Wellington Test brought up another trouble for team South Africa as an injury to wicket keeper Quinton de Kock. The player was injured on his right index finger during the test. He is undergoing treatment and is taken for a scan. If the injury comes out to be a normal one, he would be fine, but if the pain does not subside, the player might be put at rest. The third test will begin on the next weekend, scheduled at Seddon Park.
As de Kock is also a substantial addition to the batting ensemble of the team, dropping him from the test is likely to affect the team’s stance in the last test. His availability for the Hamilton test is still under the scanner and it is not decided yet. The player was also absent in training sessions. As reported earlier, he was set to join the squad, but the injury deteriorated.
In absence of Quinton de Kock, if it happens to be the case, South Africa will play with Heinrich Klaasen. He is the reserved gloveman of the squad. But, he would be of a little impact to the batting front. He would be a debutant in the international team. In the second test, de Kock added substantial figures into the score. In the first inning, he scored 91 runs in 118 balls. In the short stretch, the player struck 10 fours and 3 sixes. South Africa tallied 359 in the inning, which was the match winning bet for the team. In fact, de Kock was the highest scorer in the inning.
For New Zealand, an injured Trent Boult might come up as a concern. The bowler recovered from his injury on the right leg, but he has been bowling lightly in the last test. Per BL Watling, the wicket keeper, Boult is still not fully fit to play. In the next match, selectors might have to look for a replacement for the bowler.
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