South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth February 19, 2014

De Kock called up as Petersen cover

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South Africa have called up Quinton de Kock as cover for Alviro Petersen, who is suffering from a viral infection. Petersen made 2 and 1 in the 281-run defeat in Centurion and if he is unfit to play it could mean a Test debut for 21-year-old de Kock, a former captain of the Under-19s.

Graeme Smith, South Africa's captain, had said earlier in the day that the team had no injury concerns, other than Ryan McLaren who had previously been ruled out with concussion, and that he expected to be partnered by Petersen. There have been calls in some quarters for for Petersen to be dropped after he looked uneasy facing Mitchell Johnson's pace in the first Test. CSA said that a decision on Petersen's availability would be made before the toss.

Dean Elgar, who can open, was the back-up batsman in the squad, although he was already in contention to replace McLaren. South Africa could be set to make several changes after Robin Peterson was spotted in a bar the night before the Test, with Wayne Parnell the likeliest to come in - leaving JP Duminy and Elgar to provide spin support for a four-man pace attack.

De Kock made his international debut over a year ago but has so far only played limited-overs cricket. A diminutive left-hander who keeps wicket and opens the batting, de Kock made an unspectacular start to his South Africa career before scoring four ODI centuries in little over a month; he became only the fifth batsman to record three consecutive tons during India's visit in December. During a three-day practice match before the Centurion Test he made 50 for a South Africa Composite XI, though followed that with scores of 1 and 7 for Lions last weekend.

Petersen's place had been under scrutiny before falling ill, having averaged 23.92 over the last year, with no hundreds. The 33-year -old has been Smith's regular opening partner since a recall at the start of 2012 and has an average of 37.30 from 29 Tests.

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  • tripple-Digits on February 20, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    Lets hoping QUINTON DE KOCK gets the nod to play. Our openers have been struggling with consistency for a long long time now and change was inevitable. It baffles me that the openers didnt respond to their previous failures and worked hard on it seeing that little international cricket was played before the 1st test and instead opting to go darting Rhinos - good cause yes, but seriously ... were they truly serious and properly prepared for the Ausies who netted and tried to adapt to our wickets. Lets fight fire with fire and our youngster has so much timing that he might just be the one to tame and tire the Ausies.

  • jonesy2 on February 20, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    not matter what Mitchell Johnson and Australia are licking their lips because at least some of duminy, Peterson, de kock, rob peterson or parnell have to play. south Africa are at least 2 good test players short, I would say even 3.

  • everfaithful77 on February 20, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    It would be a mistake to drop ALVIRO at this point if he's fit to play. Why pick on him when most of the batting failed ? South Africa needs a solid batting line-up to handle the strong Australian attack. Both Alviro and DeKOCK should play but the batting order can be adjusted if that's necessary. My take is Alviro should open if DeKock is asked to keep which is the most sensible thing. The selectors must ensure that DeVilliers is not exposed to any more wicket-keeping injuries especially with the retirement of Kallis. And concerning Robbie Petersen 'give the man a break' with a little warning. I see him as a very enthusiastic player who helps to rally the team. SA needs all the ENTHUSIASM they could muster in order to face the Aussie onslaught.

  • on February 20, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    This is great news, although if he is going to keep i think 7 would be better for him. Keeping is incredibly Tiring even for someone young. Amla to open with Smith to have left+right hander combo still, Elgar 3 and AB 4. Parnell for Robbie P as Elgar and Duminy can bowl the spin. AB is also magic in the field and can change a game with a brilliant catch or runout.

  • ZCFOutkast on February 20, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Good! Toss him in so he can be destroyed and we can get out of the way the fact that he is way out of his depth! Assuming Alviro won't make it, If Hudson&Smith were thinking men then the XI would be lined up as:

    Smith, Amla, AB, Faf, JP, Elgar, Thami(wk), Parnell, Philander, Steyn, Morkel.

    However if QdK plays, keeps and bats 7, then questions will be asked. Why didn't Thami play since the reason he's not playing is because AB insisted he can&will keep, and has been doing so comfortably for a long time now. So there's no getting out of this one Hudson. Particularly after cullling him from central contracts and saying no outside players would be called in. If QdK plays then he must strictly open and field but AB must continue to keep and bat wherever. We'll watch you walk straight into that one. That's the key ingredient we're waiting for so an enquiry can be established to expose a lot of this hypocrisy and bring about concrete changes!

  • class9ryan on February 20, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Not sure about Quinton but Elgar has to be the man opening the innings. RSA should rethink of no.7 spot and possibly get Quinton at no.7 rather than no.2.

  • wanatawu on February 20, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    At last they pick an in form batsmen. What is this thing that SAs out of form are either sick or injured while of us know that they are been drop because of bad form, ala Mclaren, Pietersen and Petersen. Bring back Tahir.

  • Beertjie on February 20, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Well no bad thing, say I (and many more). This may permit a totally different combination (but it won't): Smith, Elgar, Amla, de Villiers, de Kock (wk), du Plessis, Duminy, Parnell, Philander, Steyn, Morkel.

  • Meety on February 20, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Not sure if de Kock should be thrown into the openers slot on debut v MJ/Harris/Siddle. Could be a great sink or swim option! What I am fairly certain is Elgar as an opener v MJ is career suicide for him. MJ will be licking his lips searching for a double pair - all claimed by him!

  • Andre117 on February 20, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    " Petersen to be dropped after he looked uneasy facing Mitchell Johnson's pace"

    12 wickets tells me that Petersen wasn't the only batsman to "look uneasy facing Johnson". He hasn't done enough to keep his place so he must be dropped. Even though QdK has not made good scores in FC cricket this season, I think this is the right move. Look at Doolan's recent FC record (one score over 50 in 8 innings I think and a FC average of 37) and look at what he did in the first test. Quinton should be picked on talent (FC average almost 50, never mind his recent ODI exploits), which everyone knows he has. We need a 4 prong pace attack but I would pick Beuran over Wayne.

  • tripple-Digits on February 20, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    Lets hoping QUINTON DE KOCK gets the nod to play. Our openers have been struggling with consistency for a long long time now and change was inevitable. It baffles me that the openers didnt respond to their previous failures and worked hard on it seeing that little international cricket was played before the 1st test and instead opting to go darting Rhinos - good cause yes, but seriously ... were they truly serious and properly prepared for the Ausies who netted and tried to adapt to our wickets. Lets fight fire with fire and our youngster has so much timing that he might just be the one to tame and tire the Ausies.

  • jonesy2 on February 20, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    not matter what Mitchell Johnson and Australia are licking their lips because at least some of duminy, Peterson, de kock, rob peterson or parnell have to play. south Africa are at least 2 good test players short, I would say even 3.

  • everfaithful77 on February 20, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    It would be a mistake to drop ALVIRO at this point if he's fit to play. Why pick on him when most of the batting failed ? South Africa needs a solid batting line-up to handle the strong Australian attack. Both Alviro and DeKOCK should play but the batting order can be adjusted if that's necessary. My take is Alviro should open if DeKock is asked to keep which is the most sensible thing. The selectors must ensure that DeVilliers is not exposed to any more wicket-keeping injuries especially with the retirement of Kallis. And concerning Robbie Petersen 'give the man a break' with a little warning. I see him as a very enthusiastic player who helps to rally the team. SA needs all the ENTHUSIASM they could muster in order to face the Aussie onslaught.

  • on February 20, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    This is great news, although if he is going to keep i think 7 would be better for him. Keeping is incredibly Tiring even for someone young. Amla to open with Smith to have left+right hander combo still, Elgar 3 and AB 4. Parnell for Robbie P as Elgar and Duminy can bowl the spin. AB is also magic in the field and can change a game with a brilliant catch or runout.

  • ZCFOutkast on February 20, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Good! Toss him in so he can be destroyed and we can get out of the way the fact that he is way out of his depth! Assuming Alviro won't make it, If Hudson&Smith were thinking men then the XI would be lined up as:

    Smith, Amla, AB, Faf, JP, Elgar, Thami(wk), Parnell, Philander, Steyn, Morkel.

    However if QdK plays, keeps and bats 7, then questions will be asked. Why didn't Thami play since the reason he's not playing is because AB insisted he can&will keep, and has been doing so comfortably for a long time now. So there's no getting out of this one Hudson. Particularly after cullling him from central contracts and saying no outside players would be called in. If QdK plays then he must strictly open and field but AB must continue to keep and bat wherever. We'll watch you walk straight into that one. That's the key ingredient we're waiting for so an enquiry can be established to expose a lot of this hypocrisy and bring about concrete changes!

  • class9ryan on February 20, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Not sure about Quinton but Elgar has to be the man opening the innings. RSA should rethink of no.7 spot and possibly get Quinton at no.7 rather than no.2.

  • wanatawu on February 20, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    At last they pick an in form batsmen. What is this thing that SAs out of form are either sick or injured while of us know that they are been drop because of bad form, ala Mclaren, Pietersen and Petersen. Bring back Tahir.

  • Beertjie on February 20, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Well no bad thing, say I (and many more). This may permit a totally different combination (but it won't): Smith, Elgar, Amla, de Villiers, de Kock (wk), du Plessis, Duminy, Parnell, Philander, Steyn, Morkel.

  • Meety on February 20, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Not sure if de Kock should be thrown into the openers slot on debut v MJ/Harris/Siddle. Could be a great sink or swim option! What I am fairly certain is Elgar as an opener v MJ is career suicide for him. MJ will be licking his lips searching for a double pair - all claimed by him!

  • Andre117 on February 20, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    " Petersen to be dropped after he looked uneasy facing Mitchell Johnson's pace"

    12 wickets tells me that Petersen wasn't the only batsman to "look uneasy facing Johnson". He hasn't done enough to keep his place so he must be dropped. Even though QdK has not made good scores in FC cricket this season, I think this is the right move. Look at Doolan's recent FC record (one score over 50 in 8 innings I think and a FC average of 37) and look at what he did in the first test. Quinton should be picked on talent (FC average almost 50, never mind his recent ODI exploits), which everyone knows he has. We need a 4 prong pace attack but I would pick Beuran over Wayne.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 20, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    If Alivro is not fit to play. They will bat De Kock at 7 and have Dean Elgar opening the batting. Dean Elgar's contract has NOT been renewed, I think the Selectors are quite happy to chuck him to the wolves and protect De Kock at 7 who has just been awarded a CSA contract.

    I reckon the team will look like this, lets see if I am close in a couple hours. 1.Smith 2.Elgar 3.Amla 4.AB 5.Faff 6.JP 7. De KOCK 8.Parnell 9.Vernon 10.Steyn 11.Morkel.

  • MrGarreth on February 20, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    As much as I wish Alviro well, I would be beyond thrilled to see de Kock play. A brave young guy who likes taking on the bowling.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 20, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    Gods be praised, thank you, thank you so much !!!!

  • Josh333 on February 20, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Graeme Smith should retire now. He has passed his best now. De Kock and Elgar should open for South Africa.

  • Seether1 on February 20, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    de Kock should only play if Petersen cannot play. Quinny is a real treasure and we don't want to ruin him by exposing him to the likes of Mitch so early in his career. Rather save him and slowly build him up.

    On a side note, Im very disappointed to hear about Robbie P. I always thought of him as a consummate professional.

  • on February 20, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    I think SA will have to make reasonable changes in their playing XI. A good team, within the current squad, could be:

    Smith (C), Elgar, Amla, Faf, AB, Duminy, De Kock (W), Parnell, Philander, Steyn, Morkel.

  • MeijiMura on February 20, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    It will be a blessing in disguise for South Africa if Petersen is ruled out through injury. Quinton de Kock is the most exciting and exceptional young talent in South African cricket amongst the batsmen and should have already played in the 1st Test.

  • GlobalCricketLover on February 20, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    it would be great if he gets the nod...it's worth investing in such a talent..doesn't matter how many runs he gets in his first 6-8 matches..should stick with him for a long term future

  • on February 20, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    petersen looked awful iin the first test, and playing de kock means de villiers can play primarily as the batsman who outshone everyone in the south african team first time around. de kock could open - bravely if not successfully - and de villiers come in at four. we've got to find a cure for johnsonitis

  • Wildawg on February 20, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    Bless that timely viral infection! This is a big plus for SA! De Kok & Elgar is a massive bolster to this team.

  • Robster1 on February 20, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    de Kock, Roussow and Van Zyl must all be close to taking the underperforming Petersen's place. Irrespective if he's been dropped, it's not impressive that Peterson was out drinking the night before a test.

  • creebo777 on February 20, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    De kock gona keep wicket after the aussies series cause thami didnt get a contract,hopes he play today

  • Mitchies2011 on February 20, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    Wow. My team for the test: 1. Smith, 2. Elgar, 3. Amla, 4.AB, 5. Faf, 6. JP, 7. De Cock (wk), 8. Vern, 9. Parnel, 10. Steyn, 11. Morkel

    I think that Elgar as a normal opening batsmen surely can't do worse than AP - although he probably won't make much anyhow. But better than pushing DQ to opener. Then AB can bat at 4 where really the best batsmen should bat as he ran out of partners in the last game.

  • jimbond on February 20, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    de Kock is the long term solution to one of SA's opening problems. (The next problem will crop up when Smith retires in an year or so). de Kock also provides a long term option as a wicket keeper- takes the load off AB. Although it remains to be seen how he tackles Mitch, my hunch is that being a shorter, more compact player with more range of strokes, de Kock could provide a counterattacking option that SA have lacked so far in this series.

  • on February 20, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    i would luv to see him in the squad one of the best betsmen

  • Alexk400 on February 20, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    SA selection is in disarray. They need to get rid of duminy who is more like prince...very average batsman. They need to bring in 21-23 age players. Otherwise SA is done.

  • on February 20, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    It's time Quinny! Your test debut is much awaited thing.

  • ZkAneela on February 20, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    Get de kock in,that will be my first shout for selectors.A.peterson is strugling for a long time now and SA badly needs an opener which can take to the opposition in crunch situations.To me de kock is a great young talent in SA right now.

  • Gurudumu on February 20, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    IFF De Kock plays instead of Petersen, then SA are definitely much better off and, I'd say that they stand a chance of winning this Test. Do the selectors have the guts? I doubt it.

  • HatsforBats on February 20, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    About time. I know there's merit in staying with a winning team, but when an individual (or two or three in this case) are just making up the numbers, and there are highly talented & promising younger players waiting in the wings for an opportunity, it conveys a lack of positivity or desire for improvement. Right now SA have an exciting WK/batsmen in de Kock, and also the form test batsmen on the planet in AB. It would be some suprise if AB's run return didn't improve significantly if he handed the gloves over (as much as he may want to continue keeping, the SA ground fielding would also improve). I'd also back de Kock to avg. more than Petersen and he could play for the next 10+ years.

  • disco_bob on February 20, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    SA never bring in to the equation that they were saved by rain at the Gabba, and that they were saved by Pattinson breaking down which contributed to the Waca defeat. This is OK as we were not ready then to be no. 1, but please why do we have to hear pathetic excused from SA, Steyn had a gppy tummy, seemed fine to me, and now Alviral Petersen who scored a virtual duck in both innings and looked clueless against Johnson is out because he's not well either. Give me a break.

  • on February 20, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    Come on selectors! This is your chance! De Kock for Petersen. Elgar for McLaren. Parnell for Peterson. Still need to replace Duminy, but certainly a lot close to our best 11.

  • Kareem2202 on February 20, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    Hopefully Quinny will put in a good performance in the next match, because I have been calling for Petersen to be dropped for ages now. He has the lowest batting average of the specialist batsmen (apart from Duminy) and offers nothing with the ball. If South Africa wish to remain the top ranked side in the world, or even create a legendary team (like Australia in the late 90s and early 2000s) they need batting solidity, and it is impossible to have that solidity if one of your openers is incapable, as it puts unnecessary pressure on number 3 to perform. Moreover, Petersen doesn't seem to have any fight in him either? The last time he top scored in an innings was a year and a half ago and in his whole career he's only ever top scored for the side 3 times (only one of which resulted in a win). At 33, I reckon his time is up. De Kock can bat (FC average of 49 and 4 international centuries) and his keeping is good enough for him to wear the gloves for the Proteas for the next 10-15 years.

  • John_Mil on February 20, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    It's a Good call for De Kock in the team.He desrved to be in that position.This is the time for De Kock to use his potential in the longer format .I'm sure he can use this oppurtunity.

  • St0rmbringer on February 20, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    Bad idea. deKock is yet to really prove himself. he made his hundreds against a weak Indian attack. Johnson may leave him shell shocked and destroy his confidence. Let the youngster get a few more matches under his belt and maybe a test or two against a bowling attack without Johnson in it. Obviously Steyn is not able to give any of the South African batters any help. He made Marsh a regular fixture in the Australian Middle order. Unforgiveable. Please spare deKock and preserve a young man who shall delight the world someday.

  • MinusZero on February 20, 2014, 1:05 GMT

    de Kock should be in anyway, I dont think Petersen is a good batsman

  • on February 20, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    If we go into this match without a genuine spinner (yes, even Peterson counts in this case), I will be apoplectic. Have we learned absolutely nothing from our past mistakes? Domingo, please prove to me that you're not the tactical fool you seem to be. If Duminy and Elgar are our spin options, all Australia have to do is weather the first couple spells from Steyn, an injured Morkel, and an out-of-form Philander, and then hit the slow bowlers off their lines to tire the pace attack out and dominate from the 40th over on.

    Then again, Duminy has bowled far better than RP so far this year. Which is a terribly sad indictment in and of itself.

    Either bring in a proper supporting spin option (Harmer) or a full-out attacking spinner (Tahir - yes, I know it's a risk). And if you're going to play Elgar, play him at opener. This isn't T20, man - it's Test cricket against Australia!

  • xtrafalgarx on February 20, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    SA fans would be happy, but i reckon he is going to be eaten up alive.

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on February 20, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    D.Kock is talented player ,future of SA cricket but in test cricket and against AUS .very tough ...very -very hard for Kock .,..nevertheless this is a brave decision ..good luck

  • InternationalCricketFollower on February 20, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    Great move! They just need to find a decent spinner and SAF will be back to domination!

  • legfinedeep on February 19, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    I hope Petersen does not recover in time. QdK only has to make 4 runs in both innings of his Test and he will still be better than Petersen.

  • on February 19, 2014, 23:28 GMT

    The Australian debutantes have made a habit of shining this last few months so perhaps de Kock will also do well. SA need some sting in their bowling and alertness in their fielding.

  • disco_bob on February 19, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    First Test looked like SA were England in disguise, now SA are looking like Australia in disguise, in how they were a year or two or three ago. Bit's and pieces players, ODI players injuries and denial.

  • DragonCricketer on February 19, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    I think Petersen has a nervous disorder. Its called Mitchell Johnson. Poor guy. probably been having nightmares.

  • TheBowlerHoldingTheBatsmansWilley on February 19, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    Peterson has been ill.. He'll get bumped and QDK will debut..

  • on February 19, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    Elgar to open, de kock to keep and replace mclaren in the order. Parnell in for Robin Peterson would be good to see

  • on February 19, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    Ha!! Viral infection? The cricketing gods are smiling upon us! Sorry Alviro, I do hope you get better.

    Even if we flop we will have blooded our youth (Elgar, de Kock and Parnell) against the best fast-bowling this generation has seen which can only bode well for us going forward (not to mention the next two tests). With this news I shall sleep well tonight :-)

  • Greatest_Game on February 19, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes!!!!!!!

    Truly sorry Alviro is ill. Sadly, I would not be disappointed if he is unable to play, although I would prefer him to JP….

    However, here's hoping QdK plays. I don't care if he fails - I would rather see a newbie fail than someone who has failed all too many times!

  • on February 19, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    It's only the First Test and only 1 game that SA looked uneasy in years. Why all the changes? and why bother at all about the "critics"? Just continue as it was for all of the past 3 or so years.

  • on February 19, 2014, 21:38 GMT

    Hope Quiny plays he is the future of world batting this kid. Pure instinctive talent

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 19, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    Very interested to see how the kid goes in a test match if he gets a run. Going to be a lot more of a test than ODIs against India's attack.

  • GermanPlayer on February 19, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    Thats more like it! It's better to get him in now and let him learn even if it is by failing! A much better choice than Elgar who is low on confidence and has a poor record against the Aussies.

  • on February 19, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    Will he play as a specialist batsman?

  • Dale_Pain on February 19, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    QdK has a lot of potential, but my hopes and expectation is that he gets a couple of starts 30 or so in each innings. Test cricket takes a while to grow into. Remember AB, Amla and Kallis all took a while to settle at the top level... Give the boy a couple of seasons or so...

  • on February 19, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Elgar is the reserve batsman and is an opener - it makes no sense to add QdeK to the squad to cover for Petersen when Elgar is already there. What SA should have done is looked for cover for the #7 spot, in which case Stiaan van Zyl would have been the pick based on current form. If QdeK is cover for the #7 spot, then he will likely keep wicket, which also makes no sense considering Tsolekile is already there to cover the keeper duties.

    I love watching QdeK play and think he has a huge future ahead of him...but...this selection makes ZERO sense.

  • SCC08 on February 19, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    This is great news, without being very rude to Alviro. This is what SA needs. Someone with guts to put Mitchell Johnson into the stands.. Don't be fooled, this kid is the next super star in the world of cricket. Talent isn't the word... Should be in the side already.

  • on February 19, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    This is MJ's universe, you all just live in it.

  • on February 19, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    de kock is far more better than alviro.I think he will be more successful in test arena.

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  • on February 19, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    de kock is far more better than alviro.I think he will be more successful in test arena.

  • on February 19, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    This is MJ's universe, you all just live in it.

  • SCC08 on February 19, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    This is great news, without being very rude to Alviro. This is what SA needs. Someone with guts to put Mitchell Johnson into the stands.. Don't be fooled, this kid is the next super star in the world of cricket. Talent isn't the word... Should be in the side already.

  • on February 19, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Elgar is the reserve batsman and is an opener - it makes no sense to add QdeK to the squad to cover for Petersen when Elgar is already there. What SA should have done is looked for cover for the #7 spot, in which case Stiaan van Zyl would have been the pick based on current form. If QdeK is cover for the #7 spot, then he will likely keep wicket, which also makes no sense considering Tsolekile is already there to cover the keeper duties.

    I love watching QdeK play and think he has a huge future ahead of him...but...this selection makes ZERO sense.

  • Dale_Pain on February 19, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    QdK has a lot of potential, but my hopes and expectation is that he gets a couple of starts 30 or so in each innings. Test cricket takes a while to grow into. Remember AB, Amla and Kallis all took a while to settle at the top level... Give the boy a couple of seasons or so...

  • on February 19, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    Will he play as a specialist batsman?

  • GermanPlayer on February 19, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    Thats more like it! It's better to get him in now and let him learn even if it is by failing! A much better choice than Elgar who is low on confidence and has a poor record against the Aussies.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 19, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    Very interested to see how the kid goes in a test match if he gets a run. Going to be a lot more of a test than ODIs against India's attack.

  • on February 19, 2014, 21:38 GMT

    Hope Quiny plays he is the future of world batting this kid. Pure instinctive talent

  • on February 19, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    It's only the First Test and only 1 game that SA looked uneasy in years. Why all the changes? and why bother at all about the "critics"? Just continue as it was for all of the past 3 or so years.