De Kock captaincy to be discussed with selectors – Boucher


South Africa coach Mark Boucher has conceded the captaincy of Quinton de Kock during South Africa’s tour of Pakistan will be discussed when he returns home.

De Kock led the Proteas to a disappointing 2-0 loss in the Test series in Pakistan, and while some rookie mistakes in using the DRS might be forgiven, the wicketkeeper struggled for form in his four innings there.

Scores of 15 and two were recorded in the first Test, but after he contributed a brisk 29 supporters hoped he had turned the corner but wasn’t the case as he was out for a first-ball duck in the second innings of the final Test.

Even more disappointing the manner of his dismissal on Monday – with the game on a knife-edge after Aiden Markram’s brilliant 108 and with the score on 241/4 chasing 370, De Kock flashed at wide one from Hasan Ali and was caught in the slips, when some circumspection and a partnership was required.

Speaking to the media via Zoom on Tuesday, Boucher was quick to admit that De Kock’s position will be discussed after the tour.

“When you are captain everything is highlighted. His lack of form has been highlighted and people are saying it is because of the captaincy. And maybe it is,” he said.

“We will have these discussions when we get back home. I will sit down with the selectors to see the way going forward. If it is looking at someone else to take over that job permanently now is probably the time to do it.”

Senior players in the firing line

South Africa have struggled to string good scores together in recent memory, with 300 often beyond their reach, while batting collapses after a long partnership is the order of the day.

After losing their first series to Pakistan in 18 years, Boucher admitted his senior players need to contribute more with the bat.

“You need your senior players to stand up and unfortunately it didn’t happen this series. Maybe it is lack of form, I can’t really put my finger on it,” the former Proteas keeper continued.

“I certainly do know that if you are going to win a series away from home you are going to need your senior players to stand up and perform, and unfortunately it didn’t happen.”

Markram’s century on the final day in Rawalpindi was the tourists’ only hundred of the tour.