The duel between Jofra Archer and Quinton de Kock was one of the biggest talking points from the first Test between South Africa and England in Centurion. South Africa were not at all impressed when the umpires did not bar Jofra Archer from bowling after he sent down a beamer and a ball which closely resembled a beamer on the second day.
Quinton de Kock then made sure to take on Jofra Archer in the second innings. The England pacer greeted Quinton de Kock with a 141kph bouncer in the 39th over. The Proteas star then hit the next two bouncers for sixes to make his intentions clear. A couple of overs later, Quinton de Kock was at it again and smashed another Jofra Archer bouncer for a six before slamming a stunning four.
The right-arm pacer looked helpless as de Kock scored 26 runs off the first 12 balls he faced. The Proteas batsmen then slowed down and was eventually out for 34, helping South Africa set a big target of 376. In reply, England started well but were eventually all out for 268 to lose the game by 107 runs.
Archer on de Kock:
After being on the receiving end in Centurion, Jofra Archer has said that de Kock turned out to be the difference between the two sides. The wicketkeeper-batsman had scored 95 in the first innings to help the hosts recover from 111 for 5 and post 284. At the same time, Archer also made it clear that de Kock did not play a fluent innings as he set his sight on the second Test.
“The difference between the sides was Quinton de Kock’s innings. He is a top player and he took the first Test away from us but he did have his moments of luck and I reckon about 40 of his runs in the first innings went through third man and the slip area. He goes hard and there were some great shots but hopefully we will have more luck against him next time,” Jofra Archer wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.