Cricket World Player of the Week - Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock's 95-run knock against England takes precedence over the centuries of Travis Head and Tom Blundell in the Boxing Day Melbourne Test due to it's match-defining nature.
South Africa were struggling at 198-6 in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test against England. Had it not been for the 95-run knock of Quinton de Kock and his partnerships with lower-order batsmen Dwayne Pretorius and Vernon Philander, South Africa might not have reached even 200 and it would have been very difficult for them to come back into the game from there on.
However, his knock of just five runs shy of a century, came at a quick clip (strike rate: 74.2) to ensure that South Africa had enough runs to put pressure on England on a spicy Centurion pitch.
His crucial 34 runs in the second innings, including the way he took on Jofra Archer, were also instrumental in South Africa's lead. At the end, as a margin of 107 runs decided the result, 30-odd runs could have made a big difference.
Quinton has been moved up and down the batting order quite a lot and was also promoted to open the batting for a brief period. However, with his counter-attacking style of play, he has presented a case to be slotted at No 4 in the Protea Test team.
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