Quinton de Kock takes another stunner to send back Westley

That catch was also QDK's 100th dismissal in Tests.

Quinton de Kock
South Africa’s Quinton de Kock. (Photo by Simon Cooper/PA Images via Getty Images)

South African keeper Quinton de Kock has earned himself the reputation of being the most athletic wicketkeeper batsman in business in the game at the moment and continues to come good to it. In the last Test against England, he plucked another one in thin air to dismiss Tom Westley.

The Brits had a decent start despite losing opener Keaton Jennings for 35. Alastair Cook and Westley had a 57-run partnership as the South Africans clearly missed Vernon Philander. The former English skipper looked good in his 103-ball stay but was foxed by Keshav Maharaj for 46. On 92/2 England have wanted the No.3 to continue but Kagiso Rabada ensured not a single run was added before booking his return.


It was a delivery pitched at the right spot with the right line, it straightened off the deck after pitching and all Westley managed was an outside edge. But it wasn’t done yet. It would have been a straight forward catch for Bob Taylor standing at first slip but de Kock decided to go for it. He dived to his right, another full-length dive and he was in the air parallel to the ground while pocketing the ball safely. That catch was also QDK’s 100th dismissal in Tests.

His brilliance ended a decent knock from Westley who would’ve wanted to make it count after scoring a gritty half century in the second innings of The Oval Test. Though Joe Root and Ben Stokes scored half centuries the Proteas bowlers didn’t allow them to get off the hook. Root fell to Duanne Olivier plumb in front; he reviewed it but was only in vain.

Stokes scored his runs faster than any other batter from his team and hit as many as eight boundaries in his 96 balls stay for 58 runs.

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