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Pictures | Quinton de Kock all smiles as Proteas gear up for Sri Lanka T20 World Cup test!

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Oct 29, 2021

Quinton de Kock was pictured all smiles as the Proteas continued their preparations towards their T20 Cricket World Cup fixture against Sri Lanka

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The Proteas will take on Sri Lanka in their third T20 Cricket World Cup at the back of a win against West Indies, a result marred by the controversy surrounding de Kock. 

Proteas impressive batting

The Proteas were able to reach the finish line with eight wickets in hand, as they chased down the West Indian target of 144 runs on Tuesday. Without the batting expertise of wicketkeeper-batsman de Kock, the responsibility to get substantial runs on the board then duly fell on the hands of the likes of Aiden Markram who scored an impressive half century, along side Reeza Hendricks who ably assisted him with 39 runs.

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The effort from both of those players would’ve been more appreciated by the Proteas team and its fans, having seen the team lose both captain Temba Bavuma and another senior batsman Rassie van der Dussen. Prior to that, however, it was the bowlers that were to thank for restricting the West Indian batsmen to a score under 150. 

Bowlers came to the fore as well

Seamers Ainrich Nortje and Dwaine Pretorius were to thank for not only the three wickets for 17 runs in the case of Pretorius but for their economy rate throughout the innings in an effort to restrict the West Indian batsmen. 

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The Proteas, who endured a difficult week filled with controversy will at least take solace from the fact that they were able to rise above the controversy and win even under adverse circumstances. In his post-match conference, Bavuma insisted that de Kock was still “one of the boys”.

de Kock in good spirits

That seemed to prove accurate, as if pictures seem accurate, the team spirit amongst the Proteas looks to be quite high, with de Kock himself, pictured to be smiling. The 28-year-old will now look to put a difficult week behind him and rewrite the headlines in a positive manner going forward, by reminding the masses what he is all about. 

Pictures below courtesy of Proteas media manager Sipokazi Sokanyile

Match day -1 #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/YWHv7bt85Y

— Sipokazi Sokanyile (@sipokazis86) October 29, 2021

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