CAPE TOWN – Quinton de Kock’s “good cricket brain” is the reason why he has been handed the captaincy of the Proteas for the last two ODIs, says coach Ottis Gibson.
De Kock was a surprise choice on Tuesday ahead of the more experienced JP Duminy, who will take charge for the lone T20 International at the end of the tour.
Regular skipper Faf du Plessis was injured when he dived for a catch in the third ODI in Kandy on Sunday, which resulted in De Kock running the show for the rest of the innings.
The Proteas wrapped up the series 3-0 with a 78-run win, and will look to increase it to 4-0 on Wednesday, again at the Pallekele International Stadium in Kandy (11am SA time).
“I have always found Quinton to have a good cricket brain, he understands the game,” Gibson said in Kandy on Tuesday.