Latest Cricket News: Quinton de Kock will miss at least one Test against India due to his first child’s birth

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Latest Cricket News: The hosts have been dealt a major blow ahead of the start of India’s tour of South Africa, as star player Quinton de Kock has been confirmed to miss at least one Test match of the three-match series. This is due to the fact that the Proteas cricketer is expecting his first child, and with his wife due to give birth in early January, there is a chance he could miss the second and third Test matches against the Men in Blue.

De Kock’s absence for two Test matches is also being speculated as a result of strict quarantine measures imposed in the wake of the Omicron variant of Coronavirus spreading from that region of the world.

This will be a major setback for the home team, as India’s task may grow simpler as they seek their first Test series triumph in the victory nation, and the absence of an experienced campaigner and proven match-winner in De Kock would undoubtedly tip the scales in India’s favour.

According to reports, Kyle Verreynne and Ryan Rickelton might step in for Quinton de Kock

According to reports, Kyle Verreynne or Ryan Rickelton might replace De Kock on the side, however formal confirmation is still pending. In June, Verreynne made his debut for South Africa during a tour of the West Indies. He had replaced Temba Bavuma in the side at the time, although he only scored 39 runs in three innings. Since then, he has made a half-century in three first-class matches for Western Province.

Rickelton, on the other hand, has yet to receive his country’s cap despite being in excellent form recently. He has two first-class hundreds in his past three matches and is among the leading run-scorers in first-class cricket this season.

Meanwhile, India has been dealt a major setback with the injury to renowned opener Rohit Sharma, who has been ruled out of the Test series. His ODI availability has yet to be determined.

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