The South Africa wicket-keeper, Quinton de Kock is all set to play for the Nottinghamshire in the upcoming Division One County Championship.

The announcement was made by the county on Friday itself. De Kock got included in the team as a specialist batsman. The southpaw will be available for the away matches for Nottinghamshire. He will be playing against Hampshire and Surrey in August.

De Kock will also be available for the game against Yorkshire and Essex which is scheduled in September.

“Quinton is a fantastic player, and we can’t wait to welcome him into our squad for the Championship run-in,” Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket, was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

“He’s one of the best batsmen in the world across all formats, and he will add some further firepower to our Championship batting order.

“Knowing that we only had Ross Taylor for the first three months of the season we have been working hard to secure world-class replacement for the back end, and Quinton certainly fits that bill. He’s in the same mould as Ross in the fact that he likes to score quickly and play in an attacking style and I am sure he will enjoy the late summer pitches in England,” Newell added.

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Quiton De Kock
South African batsman Quinton de Kock eyes the ball during the 3rd ODI match at the Buffalo Park, in East London, on October 22, 2017. (Photo Getty Images)

The wicket-keeper batsman has amassed 4000 runs in 62 first-class matches at an average of 42.28.

In the process, he also smashed nine centuries and 27 half-centuries. The youngster is all set to make his maiden county stint.

De Kock very excited to make his county debut,

“I’m very excited about joining Nottinghamshire. Playing at one of the best grounds in the world at Trent Bridge,” de Kock said.

“I enjoyed playing in England during the 2017 tour with South Africa. I am looking forward to coming back over and putting in some good performances for Nottinghamshire. The team has made a brilliant start to the season in the Championship. Hopefully, when I come over, we can be challenging for the title in the final rounds.”

Nottinghamshire has won four out of the eight matches in the ongoing season so far. They are currently on the 2nd position with 107 points.

They are 22 points behind the table toppers, Surrey. Nottinghamshire will lock horns against Surrey in their next home game which starts on 22nd July.

De Kock won’t be available for that match though. The southpaw won’t be part of the final game either against Somerset. It is slated to begin on 24th September.

Photo credits: AFP

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