Johannesburg, July 6 — South African skipper Quinton de Kock doesn’t want to be overloaded with a test captain, which is why he refused to take on the role.
The 27-year-old replaced Faf du Plessis as ODI skipper in January. Later it was announced that de Kock would not be elevated to the test captaincy.
The go-a-beater said he had a discussion about it with head coach Mark Boucher.
“Me and Boucher had a very informal conversation and I told him, look, I don’t know how I feel about being a test captain too. The reality is that it’s too much for me. I know that and I realize it. I don’t need all this stress on myself,” he was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“I could see from a mile away that I didn’t need this on top of my shoulders. I want to up the order in the cricket test and so I don’t need all that extra pressure. »
de Kock also said he is not yet returning to training and is taking a break which, he says, is more important.
“Because of the regulations, it’s hard to have such a great team in a certain environment,” he said.
“I’m based in a very remote place. There’s not a lot of cricket where I live. I made sure my fitness was up to date. The practice almost becomes muscle memory. For me, at this stage of my career, a break is more important than training. »
He will compete in the “3TCricket” competition on July 18, which would mark the resumption of live cricket in South Africa after the coronavirus break.
The Solidarity Cup will see 24 of South Africa’s top players in three teams – the Eagles, Kingfishers and The Kites – play two halves in a single match.