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De Kock: Proteas in a 'good space' after Centurion win

2019-12-30 19:31
Quinton de Kock (Getty)
Quinton de Kock (Getty)

Cape Town - Quinton de Kock says that the Proteas are in a 'good space' and glad to finally get back to winning ways after their victory in the first Test against England in Pretoria

De Kock, who was named man of the match for his scores of 95 and 34 at Centurion, believes that the victory was crucial for the Proteas after five Test losses in a row, including a disastrous away series against India in October.

"It feels great to be one nil up in the series and to have started the journey to getting back to our winning ways," said De Kock.

But the Proteas wicket-keeper batsman was under no illusion that although winning the first Test was a massive positive, England would come back strongly. 

"There's still a long road ahead, the series is not won yet," he said.

With his 95 paving the way for a reasonable first innings score on a difficult track, especially after South Africa were sent in to bat, De Kock played down his own personal achievements which will see him end 2019 ranked in the Top 10 Test batsmen in the world. 

"I'm not really bothered about accolades and rankings, but I’m happy that the team is in a good space and I’m really looking forward to a good new year's Test in Cape Town," said De Kock.

The second Test gets underway at Newlands on January 3 at 10:30.

- Compiled by Craig Taylor

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