Quinton de Kock makes his comeback in style, hits ton in warm up fixture
South Africa beat Sussex in the warm up game.
Updated - May 20, 2017 8:48 pm
South African wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock made a fiery return to the cricket field after an injury layoff. He holds a key position in the South African top order ahead of the upcoming edition of the ICC Champions Trophy. He is one of the most attacking batsmen in the top order who can take the game away from the opposition on a given day.
Quinton had been out of action following a finger injury. He had to opt out of the 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League as well due to the same injury. His franchise in the league, Delhi Daredevils, missed his services dearly this season. However, all of that is dusted now. What lies ahead for the youngster is the bigger picture. Quinton de Kock is currently in England with the national squad.
South Africa are scheduled to play 3 ODIs against England starting on May 24. Following the fixtures, they will take part in the Champions Trophy commencing on June 1. Recently, the team took on Sussex in the warm-up fixture before the ODI series. It was a rain-affected game that forced the match to be reduced to a 32-overs a side match. The Proteas ruled the roost and ended up winning the match by 66 runs.
Unbeaten ton sets up SA win
Quinton de Kock got back to form in the game with a thunderous ton to his name. He hammered an unbeaten 104 off just 78 balls with 5 fours and 7 sixes to his name. He was retired out after reaching his ton. His efforts combined with fifties by Wayne Parnell and JP Duminy saw the South African side finish with 289/4 in their 32 overs. In reply, Sussex could only muster 223/9 in their 32 overs with Harry Finch top scoring with 62.
With the ball, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, and Andile Phehlukwayo scalped two wickets each. The Proteas have certainly made a good start to their tour.