Quinton de Kock, the top South Africa batsmen and wicket keeper was injured in the last test match. His right-hand index finger was under scanner and his inclusion to Hamilton test was not certain. At the latest, it is reported that the player might bat with extra strappings on his finger for the Hamilton match, but it is not sure yet. However, this condition has made him uncertain even over his participation in the forthcoming IPL because the player would require at least four to six weeks to recover completely. The news about his injury is already reported to his IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils. South Africa team management has discussed with Daredevils’ coach Paddy Upton.
Absence of de Kock would add further trouble for the Delhi Daredevils, as previously JP Duminy backed out from the team due to “personal reasons.” De Kock would be the second player of the team to withdraw. Per team manager Mohammed Moosajee, “there is every likelihood” that he would miss the IPL because he will at least four to six weeks to recover. Mossajee is also a doctor and he is well acquainted with such conditions. He said that since de Kock is also the wicket keeper, the fingers are prone to stress. He further emphasized that if he does take rest the condition will worsen, which would “jeopardize” his participation in the Champions Trophy.
De Kock escaped a fracture but he could not participate in nets either day of the practice sessions. The management is working on the idea to create an extra padding on the figure, but they will take the call only couple of days before the match. Meanwhile reserved wicket keeper Heinrich Klaasen is getting ready to take over de Kocks position until the player recovers. South African players are through the middle of their busiest season. They hosted Australia for five ODIs, followed by a three match test series with Australia. These were followed by the home series with Sri Lanka and the ongoing campaign against New Zealand.
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