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The thing is, if he's not a better gloveman, how is he of much use to the SA team?
Also, by not keeping regularly we have no idea how much of a package he actually is.
In my mind, to be a full package he'd need a set of balls.
Earlier this season Quinton De Kock took the gloves v the Dolphins on a Wanderers deck darting around a bit and did well. In fact go to the 2nd innings and look at the commentary on the dismissals of David Miller & Cody Chetty.
Lions v Dolphins at Johannesburg, Sep 27-30, 2012 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo
Then he kept brilliantly at the u19 WC against our pace attack and our classy spinner Prenelan Subrayen. See some good stumpings off Subrayen.
Footage thanks to Kippax :
South Africa U19's Bowling Attack - YouTube
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If De Kock going to have a serious shot at the National team, he needs to do what Wade did in Australia and move teams. So he isn't held behind a mediocre keeper batsmen, like Wade was with Paine.
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Which again suggests that de Kock's keeping is being over-rated on here. If he were as good as is being made out, surely they'd want him keeping as much as possible so as to get extra practice both at it and combining the dual roles?
This series will mark Australia's rise back up towards the top of the test table over the next 3 or so years imo.
Whilst SA will most likely win it imo, Australia's young fast bowling stocks are looking ominous for the future, and this will be the series that kick starts some of its experience ahead of an Ashes assault in England.
Pattinson, Cummins, Hazlewood and Starc are all among the best young fast bowlers in the world, and they are all of a similar age and will come through together.
They all offer something slightly different as well, Cummins and Pattinson are the genuine fast bowlers, aggressive, tearways; Hazlewood consistently swings it, and is extremely consistent in his line and length, and still gets that 140km/h average; Starc the tall left hander, plenty of bounce, and swings the new ball.
Really hoping Ponting maintains this form. It's a fantastic prospect having the Saffie attack against him if he's approaching his best. Be great for Australia if he has a terrific subset to his career.
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