Sun, 17 Jan 2021

  • Proteas captain Quinton de Kock says his side has not needed a sixth bowler in their T20 series against England.
  • The Proteas are 2-0 down in the series heading into Tuesday night's Newlands finale.
  • Allrounders Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phehlukwayo have been unavailable throughout the series.

One of the major Proteas talking points during their ongoing T20 series against England has been the absence of a specialist allrounder and, by extension, a sixth bowling option.

The South Africans have lost the series already and are 2-0 down heading into Tuesday's finale, and in both of those first two matches the hosts fielded a bowling attack of three quicks and two spinners.

With Dwaine Pretorius injured shortly before the start of the series and with Andile Phehlukwayo still in quarantine, De Kock's options in terms of team selection have been limited.

In the first T20 at Newlands last week, the skipper tossed the ball to batsman Heinrich Klaasen, who bowled to Ben Stokes and went for 14 in an over that swung the momentum of the match.

At Paarl on Sunday, De Kock stuck to just five as Lungi Ngidi (2/51 in 4) proved to be the most expensive in what was a largely courageous effort at defending a modest 146.

Addressing media on Monday from the team's bio-bubble at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, De Kock cut a frustrated figure as he fielded questions from the press.

"It's obviously disappointing to lose," said De Kock.

"But I don't think we're going to change too much for tomorrow. We're still going to play our best team that we have and still try win.

"We do want to give guys opportunities but I think we do need to win just for our own sake."

When probed on the absence of an allrounder and the sixth bowler dilemma, De Kock was not making any excuses.

"We don't really have the options that we'd like, but it is what it is and we just have to deal with what we have, carry on and hope for the best," he said.

"It's just unfortunate that Duane got injured at the wrong time and obviously Andy (Phehlukwayo) is in quarantine.

"I know everyone is talking about this sixth bowler, but when you look at it, we didn't really need one actually. I know it's nice to get another over from somewhere, but in both games it was just one over that did the damage against us."

De Kock further confirmed that David Miller, too, would be unavailable for the third T20 but that both he and Phehlukwayo should be ready for the three-match ODI series that starts against England at Newlands on Friday.

"It would be nice to have a guy like Miller at the end to come in and finish the innings, but we have other guys who can do it," said De Kock.

"We've all seen what Klaasen can do, we have Rassie (Van der Dussen), George ... we obviously miss Miller but it's not to say that others can't do it."

De Kock was also mindful of the impact of the Proteas having not played together for over nine month as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Patience is key at the moment," he said.

"The team hasn't played cricket together and this is our first series back. When we start playing more cricket together and spending more time together as a team, I think the results will start showing."

Play on Tuesday starts at 18:00.

Source: News24

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