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Quinton de Kock’s T20I future uncertain: South Africa hopeful for T20 World Cup dream chaser

Quinton de Kock’s T20I future uncertain: South Africa hopeful for T20 World Cup dream chaser

While Quinton de Kock's future in T20I cricket is uncertain, South Africa remains hopeful that the World Cup dream chaser might return to the fold.

Quinton de Kock‘s future in T20I cricket remains unclear, with South Africa’s white-ball coach clinging to a “glimmer of hope” that the star opener might continue playing. De Kock previously retired from Test cricket in 2021 and ended his ODI career after the 2023 World Cup.

Quinton de Kock unofficial retirement?

The recent T20 World Cup was expected to be Quinton de Kock’s final T20I appearance. However, national white-ball coach Rob Walter hasn’t ruled out the possibility of de Kock returning.

He hasn’t officially called time,” said Walter. “We know Quinny has very high standards and has dreamt of winning a World Cup for a long time. We’ll have to see if we see him again.”

Selection on Table Despite Missed Series

Quinton De Kock wasn’t part of the South African squad that played India before the World Cup, focusing on the Big Bash League (BBL) instead. This approach highlights a shift in selection policy, with national availability no longer the sole factor for big tournaments. As long as de Kock remains active in leagues, he could be considered for the 2026 T20 World Cup.

Walter hasn’t spoken to de Kock about his future plans, acknowledging that “it wasn’t the right time” after the World Cup final.

David Miller confirms Continued Commitment

Unlike de Kock, David Miller has silenced retirement rumors with an Instagram post declaring his availability for the Proteas. This is significant, considering the possibility of de Kock reversing his ODI retirement for the 2027 home World Cup. Miller’s continued presence strengthens the batting line-up.

Focus on Champions Trophy 2025

The Champions Trophy in 2025 is crucial for South Africa’s preparation for the 2027 World Cup. Walter emphasizes the importance of the Champions Trophy, calling it “a strong competition as any.”

Despite the T20 World Cup final defeat, Walter sees positive signs. “We’ve progressed,” he said, highlighting the team’s improved ability to handle pressure.

Building on Momentum for SA

South Africa, with both the men’s and women’s teams reaching World Cup finals recently, is experiencing a “massive mindset shift” according to director of cricket Enoch Nkwe. This momentum is crucial as they build towards the 2025 Women’s Cricket World Cup and the 2027 Men’s Cricket World Cup.

Break Time for Now

Currently, the South African teams are on a break. The women’s team is preparing for the World Cup with a T20I series in India, while the men’s team will resume their World Test Championship fixtures in early August.

While Quinton de Kock’s future in T20I cricket is uncertain, South Africa remains hopeful that the World Cup dream chaser might return to the fold.

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