South Africa in New Zealand 2016-17 March 23, 2017

De Kock under cloud for Hamilton Test, IPL

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South Africa will take a late call on Quinton de Kock's availability for the Hamilton Test after scans revealed tendon damage to his right index finger. If de Kock is able to bat pain free with extra strapping, he will play in Hamilton, but even if he participates in the match, his availability for the IPL is in doubt. De Kock will need at between four to six weeks to completely recover.

ESPNcricinfo understands South African team management have already had discussions with Delhi Daredevils coach Paddy Upton to explain de Kock's injury. Should de Kock withdraw from the tournament, he will be the second South African player to pull out of the event, after his Daredevils team-mate JP Duminy decided to miss this year's event due to personal reasons.

"There is every likelihood he will miss the IPL because he will need at least four to six weeks recovery. Being a wickerkeeper, every time he catches the ball, the stress goes onto that area," Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa's team manager, who is also a medical doctor, said. "The risk is that if he doesn't have that four to six weeks rest, and he further aggravates it, it could jeopardise his participation in the Champions Trophy. With that in mind and with the England tour after that, its important we give him the allocated time to recover for the injury."

De Kock's injury was sustained on the third day in Wellington, last Saturday, when he had X-rays done on the finger. A fracture was ruled out. However, he complained of discomfort and could not participate in nets on either Wednesday or Thursday, prompting South Africa to seek another solution. Physiotherapist Brandon Jackson is exploring ways of creating extra padding and team management will take a call on Friday afternoon about whether they will risk de Kock for the match. Should they decide not to, reserve wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen, on his maiden Test tour, will take over and de Kock's recovery period can begin with an aim to return to full fitness by mid-May.

South Africa's players, especially those who play in all formats, are in the middle of one of their busiest periods after the season began last August, with home Tests against New Zealand. They hosted Australia for five ODIs, played three Tests in Australia, a home series against Sri Lanka and an away tour to New Zealand. Those who play in the IPL will travel to India immediately after this series and then head straight into a training camp before the ODIs in England, the Champions Trophy, three T20s and a four-Test series. Only then, will they have a few weeks off before a home summer that includes 10 Tests and the inaugural South African T20 competition.

De Kock was also injured before the last major ICC tournament, and the lay-off affected his form. He rolled over his ankle during the home Test series against West Indies in December 2014 and made a quicker-than-expected comeback in the ODI series that followed in January. However, his World Cup started poorly, with six scores under 20 before an unbeaten 78 in the quarter-final against Sri Lanka.

Since then, de Kock has become one of South Africa's stalwarts across both Test and limited overs cricket. He finished 2016 as South Africa's highest ODI run-scorer and second-highest Test batsman and was on run of five scores of over 50 at one stage. He has continued his form into 2017 and was part of a match-winning partnership with Temba Bavuma in Wellington.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • TheRealMvp•_• on March 26, 2017, 9:16 GMT

    Obvious ? Why obvious? A player who scores a lot against BIG opponents would be better . Not shehzads fault that none of the big teams INCLUDING INDIA dont give them many games but it is what it is

  • soorya.dhoni on March 24, 2017, 11:58 GMT

    de Kock has been ruled out of the IPL. Mohammed Shahzad has to be the obvious replacement to be called up by DD.

  • cricfan86978492 on March 24, 2017, 4:13 GMT

    @DIRI oh!please.just don't live in the past will'ya?No Ab,No steyn,out of form Amla

  • Connor Harris on March 24, 2017, 3:02 GMT

    Even though de Kock is probably the best keeper in the world, I feel as though he should give up the gloves and become a specialist batsman. That way he won't be getting injured as much and can solely focus on his batting. Imagine how good he will become

  • RaggyProteaFan on March 24, 2017, 0:40 GMT

    Agree with a lot of the posts here. Give Quinny a break and give Klaasen a chance. Save QDK for the champions trophy. While you are about it drop Cook for De Bruyn and most of all drop passenger Duminy ..either play with 10 men, it will make no difference !, or bring in our other spinner, Piedt, as a replacement.

  • diri on March 23, 2017, 19:02 GMT

    QDK will be the best batsmen in the world in 2 years time. Watch and see it happen. Second point.... I see the England fans are still shouting over your victory against SA in 2015 lol. Why don't you go to SA now and see what will happen. Never mind that SA will come to you soon and smash you in your own back yard for the third consecutive test series (2008, 2012, 2017)....Remember G.Smith ??? He retired 3 English captains on 3 consecutive tours to England ( Hussain, Vaughn and Strauss)

  • cricfan40999706 on March 23, 2017, 16:07 GMT

    Alex Hales might be a good replacement or Vishnu vinod

  • CheeseVanTonder on March 23, 2017, 16:06 GMT

    De Kock needs to do what AB De Villiers does. Rest yourself during Test matches and playing for your country, so you are fit and ready for IPL.

  • Brokensaint on March 23, 2017, 14:37 GMT

    gladiator if they drop cook instead of duminy then we know there is a shadow force behind the scenes de bruyn is not a opener. it would be unfair to ask bavuma to open as well

  • Amol_Gh on March 23, 2017, 14:09 GMT

    It's a great time, right now, to be a Protea-fan, with so many crucial Test series lined-up and an ICC Trophy to fight for. I hope SA make the trophy their priority and stay out of injuries and stay inside of form, to win their second.

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