Adelaide - Proteas wicketkeeper batsman,
Quinton de Kock, continued with his prolific form to top-score with 122 off 103
balls on the opening day of the two-day pink ball tour match against a Cricket
Australia XI at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
De Kock’s century propelled the
Proteas to 415 all out (two retired out) at stumps, and capped a successful
opening account against the untested pink ball.
De Kock, who is suffering
from a viral infection, looked unnerved during his first experience of
day-night Test cricket, hitting 16 fours and three sixes to all parts of the
ground before retiring out.
He was well supported by JP Duminy (97) during a
167-run seventh-wicket partnership, which flourished throughout the tricky
Earlier, Hashim Amla (51) and Dean Elgar (43) stabilised the
innings after the new ball swing accounted for Stephen Cook (5) and Rilee
Rossouw (8) in the opening five overs.
The wickets were shared by
the Cricket Australia XI bowlers, with fast bowler, Ryan Lees returning the
most economical figures of 2/21 in 13 overs in a fast scoring innings.
“It took some getting used to out there with the pink ball but the wicket
was quite nice so it made life a bit easier,” De Kock said after the day’s
“It was a new experience and quite nice to be part of it.”
The 23-year-old says he
didn’t pick up much of a difference during the twilight period, especially
after adapting to the ball early on in his innings.
“I actually thought it was quite nice during the twilight period,” he
“Early on it was about getting used to it, and I found that a little bit
more difficult. But I think that’s part of any white ball, red ball cricket
anyway - the first couple of balls - so I started getting used to it and
started getting in it was much easier.
“I didn’t find the pitch slow, I found the outfield quite slow,” he
“Normally you play on a (wicket) square back home where it’s easier
to hit the boundaries, but this is a drop-in pitch so for us to hit the
boundaries was a lot harder and that’s what made life a bit difficult. But
that’s just something we have to take on board, talk about it and get used to.”De Kock is unlikely to keep wicket due to his
illness, and will be replaced by South Australia wicketkeeper, Harry Nielson.