Mark Boucher, former South African wicketkeeper and the current head coach of the national side, feels that white-ball captain Quinton de Kock workload is pretty high and CSA will look to appoint a different face to lead the Test team.
Former Test captain Faf du Plessis relinquished his leadership duties following the Proteas 1-3 drubbing against England in the last home summer and Cricket South Africa is yet to name a replacement for Faf in the longer format of the game.
“I think Quinny’s (Quinton de Kock) workload is pretty high. He showed good results in the T20s and the One-Dayers that he’s taken over. The last conversation I had with Quinny around this topic was in India where he felt that the workload was going to be a little high for him. Whoever is the captain will probably use Quinny’s brain to good effect as a keeper, you see things from probably the best angle. I’m sure he’ll add a lot of value just being Quinton de Kock within the Test team,” Mark Boucher was quoted as saying in the latest CSA press-release.
“We will look to select someone else for the Test role”- Mark Boucher
Mark Boucher added that South Africa is looking to take the leaf out of England’s book, who have appointed separate leaders in Joe Root and Eoin Morgan for the Test and limited-overs format.
“We will look to select someone else for the Test role. One of the things that we’ve learned from a side like England is a guy like Eoin Morgan comes in, and he’s got a lot of time to plan because he’s not involved in the Test team. So, when he goes away from white-ball cricket, he’s got an opportunity to sit down and plan, so when they sit down as a white ball team again, there’s an obvious direction of where they want to go,” Mark Boucher said.
“Sometimes when a player and especially the captain is involved in all three formats, it can be an automatic swap from format to the other because there’s not a lot of time in between. So that’s positive, you get a captain who can sit down and really plan what he wants, and he can try to drive that vision to the players, and it gives you some freshness when there’s a short turnaround time between the formats,” he said.
CSA, meanwhile is currently in a turmoil as the South African Confederation and Olympic Committee [SASCOC] took over the cricketing administration of the country, a few days ago, However, the SASCOC have maintained that their decision is in accordance with the laws in the country and there is no government interference of any regard.