De Kock a valuable SA asset

2014-08-22 13:12
Quinton de Kock (AP)
Cape Town - Watch out Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers!

One of your team-mates is fast closing in on the coveted spot on the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen.

South African wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock has taken the international one-day stage by storm over the last year and as such has surged up the rankings at a rate of knots.

Following his most recent run-fest in the three-game series in Zimbabwe, De Kock moved up to No 8 in the ICC ODI Championship Batting Rankings.

The 21-year-old's entry into the Top 10 means South Africa is now the only country with THREE players in the Top 10 of the batting rankings. Amla tops the ratings with 870 points, followed by De Villiers in second spot on 869.

The Highveld Lions 'keeper was named man-of-the-series after notching 185 runs at 61.66 in the three-game series against Zimbabwe which concluded in Bulawayo on Thursday.

In Tuesday's second ODI, he also became the fourth player in history to reach 1 000 ODI runs in only 21 innings, sharing the record with illustrious names like West Indies' Sir Viv Richards and the South African-born England duo of Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen.

There's no doubt De Kock is the real deal. He already averages 49.31 in one-day international cricket, has more hundreds (5) than half-centuries (2), and has proved his worth in different conditions.

The fact that he's scored centuries in subcontinental conditions (128 v Sri Lanka, Hambantota and 112 v Pakistan, Abu Dhabi) also proves his ability to face spin with aplomb.

De Kock's free-flowing, fearless approach has impressed this writer and it's something that will stand him in good stead next week when he fronts up to Australia for the first time.

The Aussies join South Africa and Zimbabwe for a triangular series in Harare as preparations for next year's Cricket World Cup Down Under step up a beat.

A player like De Kock, who's not afraid to "have a go", is exactly what's needed against a team like Australia, and also perhaps what the Proteas have lacked in World Cups of years gone by...

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