South African wicket keeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has been ruled out of the upcoming couple T20Is with Pakistan with crotch damage. He has been supplanted in the squad by 22-year-old Cape Cobras batsman Janneman Malan. Read more about this series.
De Kock got injured while playing the fifth one day international against Pakistan at Newlands, he was the top scorer of this final game with his quick-fire knock of 58-ball 83 in South Africa’s seven-wicket triumph. He wasn’t elected to play Friday’s (February 1) first T20I at this venue with Gihahn Cloete taking the gloves in his place.
He will require a time of rest of a couple of weeks to recover from his injury, compelling the selectors to give the rest during the series and to prepare well for the next series against Sri Lanka.
“De Kock got the injury to the left groin while running back to the ball during the match on Wednesday. He will not be capable to partake in the T20I matches with Pakistan and we are confident he will be fit for selection for the Test matches with Sri Lanka beginning in Durban on February 13th,” Team administrator, Dr. Mohammed Moosajee clarified.
His substitution, Malan, has a T20 hundred to his name in domestic cricket and averages 32.21 in the twenty-four T20 matches he’s played. A week ago, Malan scored 67 and 168 in a couple of innings of 1st class matches against Warriors at Port Elizabeth.
“Janneman was one of the champion players during the Mzansi Super League and has been scoring runs consistently at domestic and franchise level. He is a brilliant young player, this is a big chance for us to give the chance to our young players at the international stage,” Selection Convener Linda Zondi said.