• Duminy trusts De Kock’s captaincy

    Former teammate JP Duminy is confident wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock will succeed as Proteas ODI captain in all forms of international cricket.

    De Kock succeeded former ODI captain Faf du Plessis earlier this year. He will lead South Africa against Australia and India this month and the next.

    ‘He has a genius brain when it comes to cricket,’ Duminy told Sport24.

    ‘He sees things that not a lot of us see on a cricket field. The important thing for him is to understand how to articulate that and to get the buy-in from other players. When you have this genius mind, sometimes it’s a hit and miss with players because you see things before they happen.

    ‘That’s going to be the strength of his leadership if he gets players buying into certain strategies and plans. Everybody has their strengths and he will be very different to Faf.’

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    De Kock will likely captain South Africa to the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year, too. The Proteas have been pooled with India, England Afghanistan and two qualifying teams for the tournament.

    ‘Leadership is all about serving your teammates and they need to discover how that’s going to look and find the right combinations, particularly leading up to a World Cup. I’m pretty sure that the squad will be one that really competes at that tournament,’ added Duminy.

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