Quinton de Kock might be the next Mark Boucher

AB de Villiers believes he could be the best test batter in the world and he certainly aspires for the captaincy of the Proteas once Graeme Smith parts with it. Smith’s immigrating to England to captain Surrey and to get the missus closer to her family in Ireland suggests that AB’s captaincy prayers might be answered sooner than expected. It will not be in the interest of the Proteas if AB is captain, a frontline batter and the keeper. Subsequently AB expressed the desire to part with the gloves after the tour Down under.

So then, who, if not AB, is earmarked as the next long-term and regular wicket-keeper to succeed Mark Boucher in this capacity?

Heino Kuhn and Dane Vilas are the popular choices but the selectors are not convinced. The fact that Thami Tsolekile, at the age of 32 and rapidly closing in on the twilight years his career was preferred as the reserve keeper in England and Australia indicates that the selectors have someone else in mind.

It is not hard to guess who.

Quinton de Kock burst onto the scene in a manner that only the very best does. He announced himself in the way Graeme Pollock, Darryll Cullinan and Jacques Kallis did.

De Kock, currently the understudy of Thami in the Gauteng based Lions team, is a spectacular and prolific run scorer that could follow in the footsteps of the best master blasters before him. In his 14 first class games he averages 63.63 and scored 4 hundreds and 5 half centuries.

As a young man the lad still has “milk in his face” as Ravi Shastri observed when he first saw De Kock doing damage with the bat. De Kock is not a scratcher, accumulator or nudger and he simply arrives at the crease, observes a few balls and then cuts loose with every shot in the book. He is fluent on both sides of the wicket; and, he knows the aerial route better than most.

Striking at an amazing rate of 87.99 in first class cricket everything he does with bat in hand is reminiscent of the great Adam Gilchrist; and like Gilly he is a lefty.

Apart from his batting prowess there are three more reasons; good considerations I might add, why De Kock grabs attention. They are Aaron Phangiso, Chris Morris and Hardus Viljoen.

In a recent List-A game against the Cape Cobras, De Kock pulled off his gloves after 11 overs of Viljoen and Morris who both constantly bowled quicker than 147 km/h.

Oh, and by the way Morris is only 25 and Viljoen 23. There is no doubt that these youngsters could become the quickest in world cricket and the next generation feared pace men from Africa. Both get it up to 150 and in Morris’ case even quicker. Talking strictly of pace Morris, Viljoen, Marchant de Lange, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel bring back memories of the Windie speedsters who tormented Australia and England in the late 70’s and 80’s.

South Africa will not be searching for quicks for a while.

What I am saying is that, trough pain and the odd tear, De Kock deals with these blokes in a brilliant fashion.

The third reason is probably the most exiting spinning prospect this country had since readmission. Like most spinners Aaron Phangiso (28), also from the Lions, is a late developer. In the recent T20 international club series Aaron flummoxed the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and other greats with his spin. His ability to bowl the occasional of-spin amongst his preferred leg-spinners causes havoc because he disguises it better than most.

Add to Aaron’s impeccable line and length, the bounce he gets on relative flat wickets, extraordinary variation in flight and the fact that he turns the ball when he give it a good rip and it is quite obvious why he is becoming sensational.

Again, and also in his case, whatever he bowls, Quinton collects.

De Kock is a batting freak and based on his performances when Morris, Viljoen and Phangiso bowls he should make the Protea-keeper’s job his own.

Oh, and did I mention that he is only 19?

10 comments on this post.
  1. Sulaiman:

    I would actually love Quinton to wicketkeep in T2o and 1dayers he is a very good batsman and I think Aaron should also get a chance to shine he is bowling brilliantly at the moment. I think giving Kleinveldt preferenve over Tahir was suicidal in the 5dayers.

  2. guntz27:

    Phangiso bowls off spin, not leg spin. Maybe you wanted to say he bowls off spin with occasional leg spinners inbetween. However I have not seen him bowl a leggie once yet!

  3. Horatio Kitchener:

    TruVanC*nt, maybe you should send him to Australie, your so called Cricket team seems to be struggling a bit.

  4. TruVanPunt:

    Oh…Oh… you’re back; how disappointing. So-called cricket team you say: BAAAAWHAHAHAHA. After we humiliated your all international team and got rid of another English captain; oh wait….sorry, South African captain, you finally reappear and show your face. And what is that? Egg all over your fat face? I am actually delighted that you’re back because humiliating you is great fun.

  5. Horatio Kitchener:

    TruVanC*nt, still full of hate I see, your team may have beaten the Fine English Cricket Team, but the true test of being Nr 1 in Cricket is being able to defend it, something we did for a year, you are in danger of losing it within a couple of months. Yes, by all means, please beat your chest.

  6. TruVanPunt:

    Oh come on now, we used the first test as practise and will humiliate the Ausies in tests 2 and 3. By the way, your fine team is destined to go down big time in India. Read what Boycott wrote in The Telegraph. Yes, you still duck and dive questions: where have you been all the time when we hind-raped the Poms?

  7. Horatio Kitchener:

    Old Prune, male on male sexual intercourse already? Just a hint old chap, when you and Hugo do it, you are actually screwing yourself. Sad, even for you TruVanC*nt

  8. TruVanPunt:

    Nothing changed; you remain an ill-mannered, tasteless and vulgar person. Oh well; I guess we will have to live with that and at the joy to “but-rape” when your spineless and feminine rugby and cricket teams bite the dust; which is quite often. I gather you are not going to explain why you ran off. Not that it matter I suppose because the only relevant news is that you are back. What a pity though. However, tell me, did you read my posts whilst you were on your little sabbatical? If you did you will find at least three of the best posts ever blogged on Sport24: all from Hugo.

  9. TruVanPunt:

    Have you seen him bowl, at all?

  10. TruVanPunt:

    Yes, Kleinveldt was a mistake; but at least we now understand the vallue of a spinner. The injury to JP is a tragedy and although the selectors will give FAF a run in the next game, it shoukld be Dean Elgar or Robin.

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