Don’t need Test captaincy pressure, says Quinton de Kock

Johannesburg, Jul 6 (IANS) | Publish Date: 7/6/2020 10:41:18 AM IST

South Africa’s limited-overs skipper Quinton de Kock does not want to be over burdened with Test captaincy and that is why he refused to take up that role.

The 27-year-old had replaced Faf du Plessis as ODI skipper in January this year. Later, it was announced that de Kock would not be elevated to Test captaincy.
The wicketkeeper-batsman said he had a discussion regarding this with head coach Mark Boucher.
“Me and Boucher had a very informal chat and I told him, look, I don’t know how I feel about being Test captain also. The reality is that’s just too much for me to handle. I know that and I realise that. I don’t need all that stress on myself,” he was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“I could see from a mile away that I didn’t need that on top of my shoulders. I’m wanting to come up the order in Test cricket and so I don’t need all that extra pressure.”
de Kock also said he is yet to resume training and is taking a break which he feels is more important.
“Because of the regulations, it’s hard to have such a big squad in a certain environment,” he said.
“I’m based in a very remote place. There’s not much cricket around where I live. I’ve made sure my fitness is up to date. Practice almost becomes muscle memory. For me, at this point in my career, a break is more important than training.”

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