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Smith plans on keeping de Kock away from the Test captaincy
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Smith plans on keeping de Kock away from the Test captaincy

Graeme Smith has revealed that Quinton de Kock will not be elevated as South Africa’s Test captain. The newly appointed director of Cricket South Africa (CSA) said that de Kock will stay T20I and ODI captain while they will look for youngsters as an option.

Currently, Temba Bavuma, Dean Elgar, and Aiden Markram are the available options for South Africa’s Test captaincy. However, Smith refrained from revealing the name as yet. South Africa was expected to tour Sri Lanka and West Indies in June and July, but due to the pandemic, the series looks in peril.

“He [De Kock] will be our white-ball captain, not Test captain going forward. We want to keep him fresh and playing well,” said Smith citing his multiple responsibilities being white-ball captain, keeper, and key batsman”, Smith quoted.

Remember, de Kock was recently appointed as the limited-overs captain of South Africa after Faf du Plessis stepped down. It is still early days for the de Kock as the captain of the shorter formats and with the cricket being suspended, South Africa does not have many opportunities to experiment before the T20I World Cup.