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Quinton de Kock appointed South Africa's ODI captain
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Quinton de Kock appointed South Africa's ODI captain

Quinton de Kock has been named the new South Africa ODI skipper, succeeding Faf du Plessis in the position.

De Kock will take hold of the Proteas captaincy baton ahead of the upcoming ODI series against England scheduled to commence on February 4.

The flamboyant wicketkeeper-batsman earlier led the team in the three-match T20I series against India last year.

He has also previously captained South Africa in two ODIs and is in charge of the Cape Town Blitz in the Mzansi Super League.

Graeme Smith, acting director of cricket for Cricket South Africa, reaffirmed his belief in de Kock's leadership credentials calling him a shrewd tactician.

"He has a unique outlook and manner in which he goes about his business and is tactically very street smart,” said Smith.

"We are confident that the new leadership role will bring out the best in him as a cricketer and that he can take the team forward into the future and produce results that South Africans the world over can be very proud of."

The ODI clashes against England is South Africa's first 50-over assignment since their catastrophic World Cup campaign where they were the first team to be knocked out of the tournament.

There have thus been wholesale changes to the ODI squad announced for the England series with du Plessis failing to find a spot in the line-up.

Du Plessis had recently confirmed he would not be retiring amidst speculations regarding his exit from the game and committed himself to the team until the T20 World Cup later this year.

Independent selector Linda Zondi said du Plessis' omission from the squad did not imply the end of his ODI career.

"We decided to rest Faf and Kagiso Rabada for this series because they have both played a lot of cricket," he said.

"A different squad will be picked for a T20 series against England after the one-day games and after that, there are still T20s and ODIs against Australia."

There are as many as five uncapped members in the ODI squad including batsmen Janneman Malan and Kyle Verreynne, all-rounder Jon-Jon Smuts, fast bowlers Lutho Sipamla and Sisanda Magala and left-arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin.

Reeza Hendricks, who narrowly missed out of selection for the World Cup, also comes back into the mix.

Temba Bavuma last represented the Proteas in an ODI three years ago but has managed to find a place in the squad. 

South Africa squad

Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Temba Bavuma, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Sisanda Magala, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Jon-Jon Smuts, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne.