Quin­ton: Proteas will shine the ball in In­dia

Pretoria News - - SPORT - ZAAHIER ADAMS [email protected]

PROTEAS cap­tains have been in trou­ble be­fore for their meth­ods used to shine the ball, but lim­ited-over skip­per Quin­ton de Kock says his team will con­tinue to ap­ply saliva on the ball on their tour of In­dia.

De Kock was, of course, not re­fer­ring to any ar­ti­fi­cial meth­ods, but rather the po­ten­tial threat of spread­ing the coro­novirus which had ini­tially placed South Africa’s three-match ODI against In­dia in jeop­ardy.

It was only af­ter a risk as­sess­ment was done that Cricket SA agreed to con­tinue with the tour. CSA’s chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer Dr Shuaib Man­jra has also ac­com­pa­nied the team to In­dia as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure.

“Ob­vi­ously with the coro­novirus, we un­der­stand what’s go­ing on. Per­sonal hy­giene is a big thing. Wash your hands where you cough and be aware of what you touch,” De Kock said.

“There’s some fine lines, but we have sat down and it seems like both teams are healthy. We’ve been tested on our way in here, so I’ll think we’ll shine the ball.”

SA wel­come back their pre­mier ball shiner and for­mer cap­tain Faf du Plessis, along with Rassie van der Dussen, for the se­ries. Af­ter be­ing re­lieved from his lead­er­ship du­ties af­ter the Eng­land se­ries, Du Plessis was rested for the ODI leg of the Aus­tralian tour to recharge the bat­ter­ies for the year ahead.

The 35-year-old, though, re­mains one of SA’s pre­mier lim­ited-overs bats­men and his ex­pe­ri­ence of tour­ing In­dia ev­ery year for the best part of the last decade will be in­valu­able to a rel­a­tively green­horn Proteas ODI squad.

And just like Proteas coach Mark Boucher, who re­cently placed a pre­mium on Du Plessis’ pres­ence in the tour­ing party, De Kock has come out in full sup­port of his pre­de­ces­sor.

“Faf com­ing back plays a big role for us from a lead­er­ship point of view. He is here to help a lot of the younger guys in the team. He still adds a lot of value to us. It’s great to have him around. His ex­pe­ri­ence will be a big help for this se­ries,” De Kock said.

“We un­der­stand that we (are) com­ing here with a very in­ex­pe­ri­enced side in these con­di­tions. That’s why it is very im­por­tant that we have guys like my­self, Faf and David Miller to guide these young­sters along.”

To­day’s se­ries opener in Dharamsala will cer­tainly be an eye opener for the likes of rookie bats­men Jon-Jon Smuts and Kyle Ver­reynne. Although both have pre­vi­ously been to In­dia on SA A tours and CSA spin camps, the sheer vol­ume of peo­ple in­side the pic­turesque venue lo­cated on the slopes of the Hi­malayas will cre­ate an elec­tric at­mos­phere they have un­likely ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore.

The bowl­ing unit SA will rely on is equally raw, par­tic­u­larly with Kag­iso Rabada be­ing rested and Dale Steyn not avail­able for ODIs any longer.

At least Lungi Ngidi and Beu­ran Hen­dricks have IPL and An­rich Nortje Test ex­pe­ri­ence re­spec­tively, but for the likes of Lutho Si­pamla it could be a rude awak­en­ing.

South Africa: Quin­ton de Kock (C), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Jan­ne­man Malan, JJ Smuts, Ge­orge Linde, Andile Phehluk­wayo, Kyle Ver­reynne, Hein­rich Klaasen, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Si­pamla, Beu­ran Hen­dricks, An­rich Nortje, Ke­shav Ma­haraj.

Start: 10am (SA time) TV: SS2

Quin­ton de Kock

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