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Quinny's 50th Test cap: A time for honest reflection

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Quinton de Kock
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Captain Quinton de Kock will become just the third member of the current, inexperienced Proteas Test squad to achieve the 50-cap mark, in the first Test against Pakistan in Karachi from 26 January.

The only ones ahead of him, in a clear sign of how "juniorised" the 21-strong SA travelling party is, are former skipper Faf du Plessis (67) and Dean Elgar (65)... although pace bowler Kagiso Rabada is not too far away from the half-century tally, on 43 appearances.

As he stands on the cusp of the landmark, it is a fitting time to re-examine the extent of De Kock's value to the Test cause (his white-ball footprint is already deeper and more profound in many ways) since his debut in a 231-run triumph over Australia at St George's Park in February 2014.

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