De Kock: I wouldn't say I have replaced Graeme

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Opener Quinton de Kock is determined to consistently match expectations, after replacing the injured Graeme Smith for the remainder of South Africa's ODI series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Opener Quinton de Kock is determined to consistently match expectations, after replacing the injured Graeme Smith for the remainder of South Africa's ODI series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Smith has been sidelined by post-concussion syndrome, after being struck on the head by a short delivery from fast bowler Mohammad Irfan during the second Test in Dubai last month.

De Kock, subsequently, has been drafted into the playing XI – and struck an oustanding century in Friday's 28-run victory at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Fast bowler Dale Steyn, meanwhile, clinched the Man of the Match award with figures of five for 25.

"I wouldn't say that I have replaced Graeme, they are big shoes to fall in so I have to make sure that I meet those standards. It's great to be in the team. All accept me what I am and it's a great team environment," said de Kock.

"I got back and worked hard and did a lot of analysis and technical work and that is paying off. It was difficult to face Pakistani spinners, it's always a big challenge but I am happy that the hard work is paying off."

Batsman Sohaib Maqsood, meanwhile, is eager to see Pakistan complete the series with a consolation win in Monday's fifth and final fixture at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Maqsood scored a fruitful half-century on debut recently, but it was not enough to prevent the Proteas from taking an insurmountable three-one lead.

"It is true that the series is gone, but on Monday we will have another international match and we will do our best to win it. There is huge disappointment in the camp over the series loss but we have another match to play," he added.

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