De Kock puts a fresh spin on train­ing

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or wick­et­keeper to ex­pe­ri­ence all the an­gles they could face in a match.

“The prod­uct was de­vel­oped to help all bat­ters and keep­ers play spin,” De Kock said.

The 2016 ICC ODI Crick­eter of the Year was proud of the fi­nal prod­uct: “It wasn’t easy to get to what I had in mind for the mat. From the ac­tual thoughts be­hind the de­sign to the test­ing, I kept de­vel­op­ing it un­til I was com­pletely sat­is­fied. It’s been an ex­cit­ing jour­ney.”

South African bats­men have for years strug­gled against top­class spin­ners, most no­tably on the spin-friendly pitches of the sub­con­ti­nent.

De Kock said his new in­no­va­tion may be the an­swer to the Proteas’s spin prob­lems.

“Cricket is a hum­bling sport and you need to con­stantly im­prove your game, no mat­ter how ex­pe­ri­enced you are,” he added.

“My team­mates think it’s a great in­no­va­tion and are just as ex­cited as I am to use it.

“There are many great spin bowlers in the world, and the pitches in dif­fer­ent con­di­tions and en­vi­ron­ments all play a part.

“Hope­fully, my in­no­va­tion will help us deal with spin­ners from all over the world.”

The Proteas will face Bangladesh, a sub­con­ti­nen­tal team that has an abun­dance of qual­ity spin bowlers, in two weeks’ time.

De Kock said that South Africa are able to turn around their for­tunes af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing tour to Eng­land last month:

“I per­son­ally feel like I am in great shape. I train very hard every day. As do the rest of the guys. I’m ex­cited to play in front of the home crowd.

“As much as cricket is a team sport it’s also a very in­di­vid­ual sport and every player needs to be on top of his game.

“Hope­fully we are able to give the home crowd some­thing to cheer about when we face off against Bangladesh.”

Asked what he has made of the re­cent ap­point­ment of Ot­tis Gib­son as the new Proteas coach, De Kock said: “I like to fo­cus on my own game rather than on fac­tors which are out of my con­trol.”

King Ed­ward School’s Eu­gene Marx and Quin­ton de Kock.

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