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Ek

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De Kock/Ontong to face disciplinary hearing
January 16, 2013, 13:42:45

South Africa news

De Kock, Ontong face disciplinary

Firdose Moonda January 15, 2013

 

Quinton de Kock, South Africa's limited-overs wicketkeeper batsman, could miss some of the one-day series against New Zealand pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing. De Kock, 20, and Cobras captain Justin Ontong will appear in front of a disciplinary commissioner "as soon as possible" according to Cricket South Africa after an altercation between de Kock and Alistair Gray, when the Cobras were fielding during their first-class match last week. Allegedly, de Kock pushed Gray after the umpires, Brian Jerling and Shaun George, changed the ball because they believed "the conditions of the ball had been altered" by the Cobras after 20 overs in the Lions second innings. De Kock was batting at the time and in accordance with protocol was asked to choose a replacement ball. The Cobras were reportedly unhappy with his choice because he selected a ball which was much older than the original one. Words were exchanged, following which there was a slight scuffle. The Lions won the match by eight wickets and lie third in the table while the Cobras remain at the top, despite the defeat. De Kock will appear in front of the commissioner on charges over his role in pushing an opposition player, while Ontong will face charges of ball tampering which the Cobras have denied. The ball itself will be sent away for tests to determine whether it was damaged in any way. If found guilty, de Kock will be banned for two matches which could rule him out of the first two ODIs in the series which starts in Paarl on Saturday. The second fixture takes place in Kimberley on Tuesday with the last match to be played in Potchefstroom on January 25. Should de Kock be ruled out, AB de Villiers will have to don the wicketkeeping gloves despite his plea to rest his chronically bad back.


clevermike

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RE: De Kock/Ontong to face disciplinary hearing
January 16, 2013, 15:47:13

Ek

This sounds to me like a load of [removed] and bull again.   Probably caused by the Cobras - since they were losing the game.

Lets wait and see what happens.

 

 


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RE: De Kock/Ontong to face disciplinary hearing
January 16, 2013, 16:09:13

Go Cobras!!!!!!!!!!!!


clevermike

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RE: De Kock/Ontong to face disciplinary hearing
January 18, 2013, 08:27:24

Ek

Having read this thread - I am much more impressed by De Kock.   He is not going to allow older and more senior players to try and intimidate him and that really is a good sign from a player that young.

What is happening with the inquiry?   Other than what you published - there is a dead silence on the issue by timeslive and News 24.


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RE: De Kock/Ontong to face disciplinary hearing
January 18, 2013, 08:55:29

Cricinfo

De Kock free to play against NZ

Firdose Moonda January 17, 2013

Quinton de Kock's disciplinary hearing for allegedly pushing an opposition player in a first-class match will not take place before next Wednesday, which has cleared him to play in the first two ODIs against New Zealand. Gary Kirsten confirmed de Kock will keep in all the matches he plays in the series.

To help de Kock prepare for his fifty-over international debut, team management roped in the services of Mark Boucher, who trained with him at Claremont Cricket Club on Thursday. "When Mark retired I said to him that his experience in international cricket is something I wouldn't want to turn away," Kirsten said. "I think he has a lot to offer. We felt the perfect place for him would be to be with a young keeper like Quinton, to spend some time with him and give him and understanding not only of the skills required but the pressures of international competition."

Mentoring de Kock also seems to be part of integrating him into the national structures because he has only emerged on the circuit quite recently. De Kock is a former South Africa Under-19s player but this is first season contracted to a franchise and Kirsten admitted he does not know much about the 20-year-old. "I've met this guy once before and the longest conversation I had with him was one minute," he said.

Kirsten's assistant, Russell Domingo, may have slightly more information on the youngster. Domingo coached the national side during de Kock's debut: the T20 series against New Zealand in which he also donned the gloves. All evidence suggests de Kock has been earmarked as a permanent replacement for AB de Villiers, who seems set to give up wicketkeeping in limited-overs. "We want to give AB a chance to just be the captain," Kirsten said.

"We feel that to captain, bat at No.4 and keep is a very hard task. It's something that we spoke about even before he started the role because I was concerned that it was going to be too much to ask of him. He really wants to focus his attention on his captaincy."

De Villiers was named South Africa's limited-overs captain in July 2011. He missed his inaugural series as leader against Australia in late 2011 because of injury and Hashim Amla stood in for him. De Villiers was first in charge for the 3-2 win over Sri Lanka last January. He also captained in the T20 and ODI series in England and the World T20 in Sri Lanka. He kept wicket in all those matches but did not play the T20 series against New Zealand, citing fatigue and a focus on his Test keeping.

It has now emerged that de Villiers also finds wicket-keeping in ODIs too taxing on his chronically bad back and does not feel he has enough of a grip on the demands of captaincy to do both jobs. "He has had all this on his shoulders," Kirsten said. "He feels keeping in 50 overs is more intense than in a Test match and he just needs to understand how he is going to go about captaining this team."

Some of the strategies de Villiers will have to get his head around are the floating batting line-up and the possibility of changing personnel. Both are tactics Kirsten will continue with, although he has indicated he may rein in the former. "We've tried to rotate the batting order, we feel we need to find a middle road there," he said. "We are certainly going to be flexible. We believe that is the way forward but, at the same time, we cannot be silly about it."

Kirsten suggested that Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, the two quicks who play all three formats for South Africa, will be rested for some of the three ODIs because the three-Test series against Pakistan is only two weeks away. "Test cricket is our number one and we want to make sure we pick a full strength team in whatever Test we play. We don't rest players and rotate at that level," he said. "With the other versions, because there is a lot of cricket, something has to give. These guys are fit enough to play every game but I want them mentally 100 percent ready to deliver."

Although Kirsten's main emphasis is on Test cricket, South Africa will not have as taxing a year as they did in 2012. Their only away tour in which they will play in the longest format is to the UAE to face Pakistan in October.

Contrastingly, South Africa play much more ODI cricket this year. Eight matches at home (three against New Zealand, five against Pakistan) will be followed by the Champions Trophy and a limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka. With one eye on ICC silverware, Kirsten indicated the 50-over game will come into the spotlight in 2013, where he hopes South Africa can step up.

"We would like to perform at a higher level than we have done so far," he said. "We've been ok but we haven't been outstanding. We've got a great opportunity this year so there will be a lot more emphasis on ODI cricket this year."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent


clevermike

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RE: De Kock/Ontong to face disciplinary hearing
January 18, 2013, 20:12:48

Ek

Thanks for the article.   Two thinhs about De Kock-

*   I always suspected that De Kock is being groomed to be the future wicketkeeper of SA on all levels of the game.

*   After reading the article it appears as if De Kock is not an easy baby - but it may be the result of ither players needling him.

I think that you once wrote that he had some family background problems and that can make him more difficult in his dealings with people and with other players.   In any event - I hope he succeeds in furthering his career and he becomes an asset for all cricket supporters in SA. 

 


Ek

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RE: De Kock/Ontong to face disciplinary hearing
January 21, 2013, 09:49:13

Thas Flash Mike, for some reason Flash knows alot about the kid. He insinuated that the issues actually will make De Kock better cope with the demands of international level cricket. Well Let's wait and see. the kid showed some excellent touches behind the stumps in Paarl but also cost us a few runs, he is young and still has a lot to learn. Glad Bouch is there to help though as there is defenitely buckets of potential there.


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