AB De Villiers took the wicketkeeper gloves for Quinton de Kock (22), after he injured his ankle while warming-up for day three of the first test in Centurion on the 19th of December. The medical team’s prognosis says the injury could take six to 12 weeks to heal, placing him in doubt for the World Cup which kicks-off in February 2015.
Protea coach believes that keeping wickets in the one-day set-up is more tiring than in tests, and that it’s a big burden on De Villiers especially because of the captaincy, and batting duties. Therefore, with the World Cup edging closer, Russell Domingo is adamant he does not want AB de Villiers keeping wicket for the Proteas in One-Day Internationals.
Quinton De Kock’s start to his 35-ODI career was fantastic, with six centuries thus far and an average of 43.58; these numbers would no doubt make him a key member of the World Cup squad for the Proteas. In his absence, Morne van Wyk (35) would seem most suited to step in for De Kock, considering he is second in the run-scoring charts and boasts the best average in the domestic one-day cup midway into the season ( averages 176.5 and a top score of 175).
However, ahead of the New Zealand and Australia World Cup due to start in six weeks, Domingo was hesitant to name van Wyk as the logical substitute. This despite being the only other wicketkeeper left in the 30-man preliminary World Cup squad.
When pushed for an answer, the Protea coach would not confirm Van Wyk as his man. He mentioned the need for consultation with the selectors, saying that there are definitely times when AB is going to have to keep in some one-day games. However, they’ll have another keeper in the one-day set-up. How many games that guy will play is still undecided.