Injured De Kock at risk of missing World Cup

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South Africa are at risk of being without wicketkeeper and ODI opener Quinton de Kock at the World Cup, after he picked up a torn ankle ligament in the first Test against the West Indies in Centurion.

De Kock injured his ankle while fielding against the Windies and AB de Villiers took over the gloves for the rest of the game, which ended on day four with an innings win for the Proteas.

It was confirmed on Saturday, after he'd gone for scans, that De Kock would be out for rest of the Test series, as well as the limited-overs matches that follow, and could be out for up to 12 weeks.

With the World Cup just eight weeks away, the Proteas will need De Kock, one of their most explosive ODI batsmen, to make sure that the window of 'six to 12 weeks' falls closes at the seven to eight-week mark.

His absence for the Tests now raises the question of who will take his place down the batting order. He had been batting at six or seven, with JP Duminy out injured, but now the selectors must decided if De Villiers will keep for the rest of the series, and give Temba Bavuma a debut.

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