• It’s painful at the moment – De Kock

    Quinton de Kock has labelled the Proteas defeat by Pakistan in Rawalpindi as ‘painful’ and ‘disappointing’ following another batting collapse on Monday.

    The South Africans did a good job at edging away at the target of 370 set by Pakistan. with Aiden Markram scoring a valuable century.

    The Proteas, however, fell 92 runs short after another disastrous batting collapse had them go from 241-3 to 274 all out.

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    ‘It’s painful at the moment. It’s disappointing but when we get back home, we’ll have to have a look at our performances and the way we went about things. We’ll have to get back home and improve on the way going forward,’ De Kock said after the game.

    ‘The deficit we gave them didn’t give us a good way going forward. It played a big part and we lost the big moments in the game and that cost us.’

    A number of missed chances ultimately caused the Proteas to lose the series 2-0 in what was the team’s first tour to Pakistan in more 13 years.

    It was also a forgettable series for De Kock, which concluded with a first-ball duck on Monday.

    Markram’s knock proved to be the only saving grace from the final day’s play for the Proteas, who announced a completely different squad for the upcoming T20I series against Pakistan.

    ‘Aiden had a question mark in the sub-continent because of his performances in the past. To come in and perform the way he did shows the fight that he has and the pride he has in his performance,’ De Kock added.

    The wicketkeeper is also set to be relieved from his duty as interim Test captain with Markram a possible candidate to take over on a permanent basis.

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