South Africa white-ball captain Temba Bavuma while talking about wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, who recently announced his retirement from Test cricket, said that he will have a point to prove in the upcoming ODI series against India.
South Africa made a strong comeback in the three-match Test series against India and won the series by 2-1 and now India and South Africa will lock horns in 3-match ODI series which will begin from Wednesday in Paarl.
Meanwhile, Temba Bavuma has said that South Africa will be taking the momentum from the Test series onto the ODI series.
“Yeah, momentum is a real thing, you would have seen after the first Test, how we managed to get some momentum in the Johannesburg Test and how we carried through. Momentum is a real thing, obviously, it is a different format and there is a different kind of pressure. Confidence is well within the team and we will be leading onto that to inspire the new guys,” said Bavuma during a virtual press conference.
The Proteas limited-overs skipper added that he is not aware of any physical and mental issues with de Kock.
“I would like to have as many options as possible considering the balance of the team. I am not aware of any physical or mental issues with Quinton de Kock. He had his commitments with his family, he is here with the team now and he is training with the team. As far as I know, Quinton is fit and fine,” he added.
We obviously missed Quinton de Kock in the Test team – Temba Bavuma
The 31-year-old said that the Proteas team missed the wicketkeeper-batsman de Kock in the Test team but they respect his retirement decision.
“It is good to see him again. We obviously missed him in the Test team but he has made his decision to retire from the longest format. We respect his decision, having him back has been good. Quinton will have a point to prove and I am sure he is also as excited as we are to see him in the team,” Bavuma said.
Marco Jansen, who made his Test debut in the Centurion Test match against India managed to bag 19 wickets and was the second-highest wicket-taker in the series, has been added to South Africa’s ODI squad for the series against India. Talking about his inclusion Bavuma said:
“Marco Jansen has been drafted into the ODI squad, the world has been what cricketing abilities he has. It was a no-brainer to get him into the ODI squad. Indian outfit is a strong white-ball squad, we will be giving them the respect we do to any other team. We do not expect this series to be easier, we know it will be tough. We will be preparing as well as we can,” he added.
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