Quinton De Kock takes 50th test and could play “another 100 tests” for South Africa, says Mark Boucher

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Quinton de Kock can play another 100 tests, said South African coach Mark Boucher.© ICC / Twitter


South Africa head coach Mark Boucher believes skipper Quinton de Kock could become one of the most capped Proteas players of all time. De Kock made his 50th appearance on Tuesday in the longest form of the match in the ongoing first test against Pakistan in Karachi. Boucher, who made his debut against Pakistan in 1997, hopes that De Kock will play at least 100 more games in the longest format. The former wicket-keeper batsman is South Africa’s second most capped test cricketer, behind all-rounder Jacques Kallis. Boucher played 150 tests while Kallis played in 166 games.

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“It’s a special occasion for every player. It’s just the beginning of his career. There may be 100 more test games ahead of him.” ESPNcricinfo quoted Boucher as follows.

Boucher praised the South Africa captain and said opponents hope that a “special player” like De Kock will not be in good shape.

“Quinny is a special cricket player. He’s the type of player who doesn’t want to get the opposition into good shape because he can take the game from anyone very quickly,” said Boucher.

“Being a captain is a bonus [responsibility] we added it. We try to help him as much as possible in that department. But I am very happy that he has taken on that role, ”he added.

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The South Africa coach hopes to see the best of the wicket-keeper-batsman in the ongoing test series against Pakistan.

“I know it’s hard sometimes, especially if your performances aren’t exactly where you want them. Hopefully we can get the best of Quinny in this series. It can only be good for him as a person, as a captain, and also for the team, ”said Boucher.

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