De Kock shows a new ma­tu­rity

He also de­buted a wild cel­e­bra­tion as he reached three fig­ures for the fourth time

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IT IS easy to for­get just how out­ra­geously tal­ented Quinton de Kock is, given the con­stant com­plaints about his short­com­ings.

That is the bur­den of freak­ish nat­u­ral tal­ent.

The peo­ple ex­pect more of men who have shown an abil­ity that rises be­yond mere mor­tals. Ev­ery knock is an op­por­tu­nity for an­other gem, and those that fall short leave the gallery want­ing more.

It has been two years since De Kock scored a Test cen­tury, but there has been rich en­ter­tain­ment even in the midst of the sup­posed drought.

Re­mem­ber the knocks against Aus­tralia, the con­tri­bu­tions in du­els with In­dia, and the re­lent­less quest for per­fec­tion be­hind the stumps.

So, when De Kock raised both arms in the air, and soaked in adu­la­tion from an ap­pre­cia­tive Wan­der­ers, he breathed more than a sigh of relief.

Even the great and glo­ri­ous have their doubts.

“I was a bit pumped up when I got there, be­cause it has been a long time,” he ad­mit­ted.

De Kock was made to sweat a bit longer be­fore he got to three fig­ures, as Kag­iso Rabada got in the way of a per­fectly ex­e­cuted straight drive.

“He’s def­i­nitely get­ting fined for that.

“More than a fine,” the Proteas fines mas­ter warned.

De Kock also showed an­other side of his ma­tu­rity yes­ter­day, with his as­sured stance in the press con­fer­ence.

Of­ten, the softly spo­ken as­sas­sin would look like a tailen­der fac­ing the new ball mu­sic when con­fronted by cam­eras.

His an­swers were sharp, just like his lac­er­ated drives through the cov­ers.

Now, De Kock elab­o­rates.

He is at ease, and speaks with the con­fi­dence that he bats with.

He spoke at length about Rabada, and how he is a very good bats­man.

De Kock ought to know bet­ter than most.

He was also can­did enough to ex­plain how tough it is to bat with the tail, and how he is still try­ing to get bet­ter at it.

Good­ness help in­ter­na­tional at­tacks when he gets to a place where he feels he has fig­ured it all out.

So, even as im­pres­sive as he was on the field, per­haps the most tan­ta­lis­ing as­pect of De Kock at the Wan­der­ers yes­ter­day was the way he spoke about him­self and his place in this team.

It was re­veal­ing and re­fresh­ing, and it re­it­er­ated the no­tion that De Kock will even­tu­ally rest his blade and mitts as one of South African cricket’s most as­ton­ish­ing prod­ucts.

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DUANNE Olivier was once again amongst the wick­ets yes­ter­day at the Wan­der­ers for South Africa and will hope to take a fist­ful more to­day as the Proteas seek to wrap up the third Test against Pakistan.

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