De Kock concerned about pink-ball Test

South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman De Kock feels the day-night Test format requires further polishing.

Quinton de Kock (second from left) at an interactive session at the MIG Club in Mumbai on Thursday.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

 

At a time when India decided not to feature in a pink-ball Test for at least a year more, South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock raised concerns over the day-night Test format.

“There are still some rough edges in the format that needs to be rubbed out and made into a new format,” de Kock, who played the Boxing Day pink-ball Test against Zimbabwe last December, said here on Thursday. “I think it’s a good concept but there are a couple of things that can make it a lot better. At certain times, during the twilight period of play… It’s not the same as a red ball.”

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The left-handed batsman, who has struggled as much with the bat as his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore as a team in the Indian Premier League was speaking at the launch of Spintechs, a mat to help batsmen fine-tune their skills against spin bowling.

De Kock has had a tough time with the willow for a better part of the last six months, starting with India's tour to South Africa. He had no hesitation in complementing India's bowling arsenal.

“When they came to South Africa, they were very much unknown, and I think that’s what really we struggled at. We were struggling to pick Kuldeep (Yadav in ODIs). He was bowling so slowly to us we just didn’t know what to do with it. From the sidelines, however, you think ‘Ah! How well these young Indian spinners are bowling.’ Hopefully next time we’ll be able to play them better,” he said.