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SA unsure on Quinton de Kock’s T20I future

South Africa is optimistic about Quinton de Kock continuing his participation in white-ball international cricket, holding onto hope that he hasn’t retired from T20Is despite stepping away from Tests in 2021 and concluding his ODI career at last year’s World Cup. Rob Walter, South Africa’s white-ball coach, expressed this optimism upon returning to South Africa, noting de Kock’s high standards and longstanding ambition to win a World Cup. Although de Kock has not officially announced his retirement from T20Is, discussions about his future haven’t taken place yet.

De Kock is not on the national contract list, freeing him from obligations to play in upcoming T20I series, including those in the West Indies in August. However, his availability for major tournaments like the 2026 T20 World Cup remains viable if he remains active in league competitions.

Meanwhile, David Miller clarified his intention to continue playing for South Africa in T20Is and likely in ODIs as well, ensuring stability in the team amidst speculation about de Kock’s future decisions, including a potential return to ODIs leading up to the 2027 World Cup.

Walter emphasized the significance of tournaments like the Champions Trophy in shaping South Africa’s long-term cricket strategy, underscoring the team’s resilience and improved ability to handle pressure, as evidenced in recent tournaments. South Africa’s recent success in reaching consecutive T20 World Cup finals for both men’s and women’s teams reflects a positive shift in mindset and system-wide improvement, setting optimistic expectations for future international competitions.

Currently, South Africa’s women’s team is preparing for the World Cup with T20I series in India, while the men’s team is on hiatus until August, resuming World Test Championship fixtures.

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