Baby duty puts Proteas star in doubt for final India Test at Newlands

Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock is expected to miss at least the third and final Test against India in order to be at the birth of his first child.

The Proteas are set to play three Tests against India from 26 December 2021 to 15 January 2022, with plenty of work having gone on behind the scenes to ensure this tour could go ahead despite concerns around the fourth wave of Covid-19 in South Africa.

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The series will form part of the new cycle of the ICC World Test Championship and will be hosted in three venues: SuperSport Park, Wanderers and Newlands, respectively.

It’s been confirmed that Quinton de Kock is set to miss at least the third Test as he awaits the birth of his first child.

De Kock’s wife Sasha is expected to give birth in early January, which could mean that the keeper-batsman also misses the second five-day clash as well.

South Africa’s selection convener Victor Mpitsang confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that he expects de Kock “to miss the last Test”, which could result in one of Kyle Verreynne or Ryan Rickelton stepping in to replace De Kock.

Test schedule

26-30 December 21 | 1st WTC Test vs India | SuperSport Park, Centurion
3-7 January 22 | 2nd WTC Test vs India | Wanderers, Johannesburg
11-15 January 22 | 3rd WTC Test vs India | Newlands, Cape Town

Proteas Test squad

Dean Elgar (captain, Titans), Temba Bavuma (vice-captain, Lions), Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper, Titans), Kagiso Rabada (Lions), Sarel Erwee (Dolphins), Beuran Hendricks (Western Province), George Linde (Western Province), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Titans), Aiden Markram (Titans), Wiaan Mulder (Lions), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Keegan Petersen (Dolphins), Rassie van der Dussen (Lions), Kyle Verreynne (Western Province), Marco Jansen (Warriors), Glenton Stuurman (Warriors), Prenelan Subrayen (Dolphins), Sisanda Magala (Lions), Ryan Rickelton (Lions), Duanne Olivier (Lions)

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