Smith denies de Kock’s Test captaincy possibility
Quinton de Kock took over the role of captaincy of South Africa in January of this year in white-ball cricket. There has been a speculation that the wicketkeeper-batsman is about to take on the responsibility of the Proteas Test team again. But at least that’s not happening in the next two years.
Graeme Smith was the acting Director of Cricket with CSA for six months. Yesterday South Africa have appointed former captain Graeme Smith as director of cricket on a permanent basis. He has announced today that De Kock won’t lead the South Africa Test side.
Smith, of course, wants to do it for the good of De Kock. Smith, who has been South Africa’s Cricket Director for the next two years, said:
“One thing I can say for sure is that Quinton will be our white ball captain. He will not lead the Test team. We want Quinton to play better cricket.”
In fact, what Smith wants is to not ruin De Kock with too much pressure. From his own experience, Smith says, “From the time I was captain, I realized that it was very challenging to captain in three formats at a time. I see many countries trying to figure out what is good. It seems to me that keeping one captain in three versions may not work very well.”
Smith sees a lot of potential in de Kock who plays 47 Tests, 121 ODIs and 44 T20 matches for South Africa till now. The former Proteas captain, not to prematurely destroy it with too much pressure, said: “Thinking of hard work and mental ability, it seems to us that it is not profitable for him to be captained in three editions. And the kind of player and personality he has, we think we need to give him more flexibility.”