South Africa have decided to include Quinton de Kock in the third test with New Zealand. The wicket keeper batsman is injured on his right index finger, but has passed the fitness test. It was found out that the damage was not as severe as thought earlier. The tendon is healthy and Quinton would be able to bat and catch the ball while keeping. His finger is strapped with extra protective cover, which was an innovative idea of Brandon Jackson, the teams’ physiotherapist.
However, Quinton would require a complete rest of four to six weeks and it might lead to his absence in IPL. De Kock would get ready for the next fixtures at Champions Trophy and the test tour with England. The player is considered too important to be left out and the reserve keeper, Heinrich Klaasen cannot fulfill the gap in batting line up in his absence. Captain Faf du Plessis is not ready to risk the match playing without de Kock. The skipper said it is a big game and Quinton is not someone who can be replaced.
Du Plessis added, Quinton has been troubled with finger woes since some time and it is a part of being the keeper. The cold New Zealand weather seem to make the condition worse for him. Per the captain, the injury is not major and the issue could be “kept at bay for a while.” Presently, several key players are out of form including Stephen Cook, Hashim Amla and JP Duminy and Quinton has been a match winner.
In New Zealand’s side, Tim Southee, and Trent Boult both are absent and it would be a good chance for South Africa to form the strongest squad. Du Plessis will try to put as much pressure as they can on New Zealand. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor were the prime targets for South Africa. The visitors are successful to maintain a pressure on New Zealand so far.
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