Fourth ODI at Pallekele De Kock to lead SA in du Plessis’ absence

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Sri Lanka in search of redemption


Quinton de Kock has been named as stand-in captain for the remainder of the One-Day International series as Sri Lanka look to redeem their lost prestige with the fourth ODI taking place at the Pallekele Stadium today. 
De Kock is yet to captain South Africa in any format, but did lead South Africa Under-19 in 2012. 

The Proteas have an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, and have turned their tour around after the disappointing 0-2 loss in the Test series. 

De Kock said he is excited for this next chapter and will aim to continue with the legacy introduced by Francois du Plessis.

“To be honest, I am feeling quite nervous, it is an honour to be given this responsibility of captaining the Proteas,” he said. 

“I want to carry on where Faf has left off and to continue with his legacy. As a captain, I will try to stay true to myself and stay true to what I believe it takes to be a good leader. I will strive to help others going forward, just to be there as a captain.”

“The team performance at the moment speaks for itself. Everybody is doing something right at the moment. Everyone is chipping in, the batsmen are scoring runs, the bowlers are taking wickets and the fielding has been on top. We will try to keep the standard of cricket that we have going for the next two ODI’s.” 

The squads: 

Sri Lanka (from): Angelo Mathews (Captain), Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Prabath Jayasuriya, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan, Dhananjaya de Silva and Dasun Shanaka.

South Africa (from): Quinton de Kock (Captain), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, J. P. Duminy, David Miller, Willem Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Reeza Hendricks and Junior Dala. (ICC)