De Kock keeping it simple

2014-08-21 20:30
Quinton de Kock (AP)

Bulawayo - Proteas batsman Quinton de Kock has revealed his simple recipe for success following his man-of-the-series award in the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.

De Kock was the leading run-scorer of the series, with 185 runs at an average of 61.66.

"I'm not one for planning," he said of his strategy against opponents.

"There are a few guys in the team that like to sit down and watch videos of the opposition.

"I like to hit a few balls in the nets and take it from there on the day."

The 21-year-old equalled the world record for the fastest player to score 1000 ODI runs during the series and admits he is not fazed by the accolades and records.

"It doesn't interest me," he said of the milestones and records he has broken.

"It's more something for the fans to keep them interested

"Some of the players do enjoy stats but I'm very chilled about it."

Stand-in captain Faf du Plessis is pleased with the squad's performance throughout the series and believes the momentum gained from the whitewash will be a good boost ahead of the tri-series starting in Harare next week.

"I think we covered our bases pretty well," Du Plessis said.

"The bowlers were solid throughout the series and so was our batting. There weren't any blow-ups.

"Luckily we are getting Dale (Steyn) and Morné (Morkel) back and we are coming (up) against strong opposition in the form of Australia.

"When you play a team like that, you have to be on top of your game.

"It's nice for us from a confidence point of view to have dominated Zimbabwe in the last three games," he added.

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