Quinton de Kock admits Test captaincy would've been 'too much to handle'

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock
  • Proteas ODI captain Quinton de Kock revealed that he was not interested in becoming Test captain and spoke to coach Mark Boucher about the issue.
  • De Kock stated that he has not hit a ball in three months since the Covid-19 nationwide lockdown began in South Africa.
  • The 27-year-old rated his 2019/20 season as 6.5 out of 10.

Quinton de Kock says he was open and honest with Proteas coach Mark Boucher regarding his interests in becoming Test captain.

After winning big at this year's CSA Awards over the weekend, De Kock told reporters he had an informal meeting with Boucher on his Test role.

"I told him (Boucher), I don't know how I feel about being Test captain also," said De Kock.

In February this year, Faf du Plessis had stepped down as Test captain, with Cricket South Africa (CSA) director of cricket, Graeme Smith, saying at the time that De Kock would not be captain in the longer format.

De Kock added: "The reality is that it's too much for me to handle... being 'keeper and captain just for ODIs... I could see from a mile away that I couldn't have that (Test captaincy) on my shoulders."

Earlier this year, De Kock took over as permanent T20 and ODI captain for the national side. Leading from the front, he was the best South African batsman last summer, scoring 814 runs at an average of 40.80.

In his 16 innings', the 27-year-old made seven half-centuries and scored his 15th ODI century against England.

Despite being the star with the bat, De Kock rated his season a 6.5 out of 10.

"I had too many starts and did not convert enough, which made it tough for myself," he said.

"I know what I can do... I wish I could've done better, I know what I've done wrong last season and I've just got to rectify for the next season.

"Towards the season, we saw a lot of guys come through... It's good to have them around, it's not healthy in a team to be dependent on one or two players and it's so nice to have guys coming through to help out and star in occasions."

The cricketing calendar has been halted since March due the coronavirus - and De Kock revealed that he has not hit a ball since the Proteas returned to South Africa after their Indian tour was called off.

"I'm going to be honest, I've done nothing. Lockdown has been lockdown. I haven't done any training, but I've kept up my fitness, I've never hit a ball yet. There's still some time when the next serious cricket game is going to happen," he said.

"I needed this lockdown, I needed a little break to spend time with myself, my family and friends. I've really taken to it, I've tried to stay away from cricket but as soon as we get the full go-ahead when serious cricket happens then I'll get to it."

De Kock is set to star in Cricket South Africa's inaugural Solidarity Cup, which gets underway on 18 July. He will captain the Kites for the '3TCricket' competition.

- Compiled by Lynn Butler

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