South Africa could be without wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock for the first two one-dayers against New Zealand, as he faces a disciplinary hearing for misconduct during a domestic match in Cape Town.
De Kock, who was playing for the Highveld Lions against the Cape Cobras, allegedly pushed Alistair Gray after the ball had been changed. De Kock, who was batting at the time, was asked to pick a new ball, and the Cobras man was unhappy with the ball chosen as it was much older than the damaged one.
The two then got into an argument, which allegedly turned physical, before the umpires intervened. Also facing a hearing is Cobras skipper Justin Ontong, if it is shown that the original ball had been tampered with.
If De Kock is found guilty, he could be banned for two games, which means AB de Villiers would have to keep wicket for the first two matches against the Kiwis. This would defeat the purpose of having De Kock in the side, as De Villiers is meant to be resting his back.