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Quinton de Kock ruled out of T20I series against Pakistan


Quinton De Kock

The South African wicket-keeper batsman, Quinton de Kock has been ruled out of the three-match T20I series against Pakistan due to a groin injury. He sustained the injury during the fifth and last ODI of the five-match series against Pakistan at Newlands.

In the fifth match of the ODI series, he accumulated 83 off just 58 deliveries that ensure South Africa’s victory. According to the trustable sources, he will need a couple of weeks to recover from the injury.

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He was not included in the playing eleven for the first T20 International game against Pakistan at the same venue. In the absence of regular wicket-keeper, the skipper, Faf du Plessis included Gihahn Cloete in the squad.

“Quinton sustained an injury to his left groin while fielding during the last ODI on Wednesday. He will be unable to take part in the T20I series against Pakistan and we are hopeful he will be fit for selection for the Test series against Sri Lanka starting in Durban on February 13th,” team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee revealed.

The left-handed batsman has been replaced by Janneman Malan in the squad. Malan has an excellent record in the shortest format of the game of cricket. So far, the right-hander has played 24 T20s and scored 741 runs at a strike-rate of close to 130 with his best score being 128*.

“Janneman was one of the standout players during the Mzansi Super League and has been putting in the runs consistently at franchise level. He is an exciting young prospect, this is a great opportunity for us to continue blooding players at international level,” Selection Convener Linda Zondi said.

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