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Cricket World Player of the Week - Quinton de Kock


South African wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock was going through a slightly rough patch in Test cricket but bounced back to form with eye-catching returns in the two-match Test series against West Indies.

He ended the series as the highest run-scorer with 237 runs from three innings at an average of 118.50 and a strike rate of 70.96, with 20 fours and 7 sixes.

The number that's the most significant here is his strike rate of 70 plus, particularly given that West Indies were bowled out for 97 and 162 in the first match and for 149 and 165 in the second test match. The highest that South Africa scored in the series was also 322.

Given that it was a low-scoring affair, the fact that Quinton de Kock scored some useful runs in the lower-middle order, and did it quickly, was what proved to be the differentiator in the series which had quite a lot of help for bowlers throughout.

He struck an unbeaten 141 in the first Test match and followed it up with 96, just four short of another century, in the second Test match to help South Africa clean sweep the 2-match series against West Indies in their own backyard.

The last time de Kock scored a half-century in Test Cricket before his Player of the Series winning performance against West Indies was against England back in January 2020 and he needed a couple of good knocks under his belt.

De Kock has now scored over 3000 runs from 53 Test matches at an average of almost 40 and a strike rate of over 70, with six centuries and 22 half-centuries.

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