- Proteas batsman Rassie van der Dussen said Quinton de Kock hasn’t changed much as Test captain.
- Van der Dussen, who turns 32 on February 7, said De Kock has a brilliant cricketing brain.
- Van der Dussen made 64 in the second innings of the first Test, but has yet to convert any of his 50’s into a ton.
Proteas top order batsman Rassie van der Dussen says Quinton de Kock has not changed since taking over as Test captain.
De Kock, who’s adapted reasonably well to the limited over leadership despite the England T20I whitewash late last year, is operating as Test captain on a temporary basis after former skipper Faf du Plessis stepped down from the role.
He had something to celebrate with the 2-0 series win against Sri Lanka in December and January, but has had a lean time with the bat that stretched through to the first Test against Pakistan in Karachi last week that SA lost by seven wickets.
In his four innings as captain, which could be seen as an unfair research sample, De Kock has scored 45 runs at an average of 18.
His dismissals in the first Test also catalysed the two terminal collapses that led to the defeat that left SA needing to win the second Test that starts on Thursday in Rawalpindi to square the series.
“Quinny is quite consistent as a character. With him, what you see is what you get. As I’ve mentioned in previous interviews, he has a brilliant cricket brain and he’s lucky to have a guy like Faf whom he can bounce ideas off. I wouldn’t say he’s changed much as Test captain,” Van der Dussen said.
“You guys have spoken to him quite a bit and you know what you get with him. I don’t think he’s changed much, and I don’t think he’s going to change. That’s what he brings as captain.”
Van der Dussen, who’s been surefooted with every Test appearance while also adding his fifth Test 50 that was going a long way to salvaging something for SA in the second innings, said De Kock’s cricket smarts came through in the team’s field placing that were copied by Pakistan.
SA’s fielding was one department that held out well in Karachi while the batting fell apart in both innings through collapses.
“If you look at the first game, 80 percent of our bowling efforts were pretty brilliant. The plans we had were good and they were well executed by the guys. Our field placings were really good to an extent where Pakistan copied our field placings,” Van der Dussen said.