Town - Quinton de Kock on Friday became the joint-fastest South African
wicketkeeper to 100 dismissals in Test matches.
he fittingly dived full-length for a superb catch in front of first slip to
dismiss Tom Westley off Kagiso Rabada’s bowling on day one of the final Test
against England at Old Trafford, he drew level with Mark Boucher for achieving
the feat in his 23rd appearance.
had been involved in all of the first three dismissals in England’s first
innings after they won the toss, having started the Test on 97 victims.
landmark (made up of 93 catches and seven stumpings) also meant that he and
Boucher are second only to Adam Gilchrist among all international glovemen for
speed to 100 dismissals - the great Australian, a player to whom De Kock is
often compared as an all-round cricket package, got there in just his 22nd
South African, David Richardson, and Aussie Wally Grout got to three figures in
24 matches each, just behind Boucher and De Kock.
24-year-old De Kock has not lit up the series with the bat thus far to the
extent he might have liked - 160 runs at 26.66, well down on his career average
of nearer 47 - but his ‘keeping has been both admirably consistent
and marked by some sublime catches.
legend and television commentator Ian Botham, soon after the dismissals
landmark had been revealed, said De Kock had been “pretty special” in the
series behind the stumps.
Mike Atherton, another former England captain, added: “You don’t want to edge
it anywhere near De Kock … he has terrific footwork and is a great catcher of
the ball one-handed.
has coped as well as any international wicketkeeper visiting here with the
wobbling ball; he just looks the most natural of sportsmen.”
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