Watch Quinton de Kock’s post-match reflection on the Proteas ten-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in Johannesburg, which secured a 2-0 series win.
De Kock admitted it was the perfect way for the Proteas to start the new year and get a Test series victory.
‘After the year  we had, we just wanted to get off to a good start in our next season. The boys showed up and did really well.
‘I was quite impressed with some of the guys, who put up their hands, especially in our batting unit and, in our bowling lineup, Kesh [Keshav Maharaj] was a bit unlucky to get his turn but he understands his role. The four seamers bowled really well, at times there we gave a couple of soft boundaries but when they came back they came back nicely,’ he explained.
De Kock says his bowlers generally managed to assess the conditions and situations well in and will use every bit of experience to grow as a unit.
A tour to Pakistan awaits the Proteas for the first time in 14 years and the challenge promises to be difficult.
‘We’ve got quite a young bowling lineup but they used what they had. Once they started playing more cricket they will get experienced, which will help us even more going forward.
‘I’ve got mixed emotions, keen to play some cricket but bubble life at times can be a bit frustrating, but I am excited to get there. It will be a first time for me, so new experience, new challenge.’