Quinton de Kock to miss final ODI against England due to injury

image-ldlgyblaQuinton de Kock [Source: AP]

In an unfortunate turn of events, South African keeper-batter Quinton de Kock has been ruled out of the third ODI against England due to injury. 

De Kock sustained an injury to his right thumb in the second game in Bloemfontein on Sunday. The experienced opener hasn't regained full fitness and hence is set to be rested in the final dead rubber in Kimberly. 

However, Cricket South Africa, on its official Twitter handle, informed it as a precautionary move. 

Here's what the tweet read

"Quinton de Kock will not be considered for selection in the final match of the SA vs ENG Betway ODI Series. The wicket-keeper will be rested as a precaution after sustaining an injury to his right thumb in the second ODI."

De Kock's absence could be a massive blow for South Africa, as the swashbuckling batter ensures a brisk start for them on most occasions. The 30-year-old has 68 runs to his name in two outings in this series. 

However, the southpaw's injury could be a boon for Reeza Hendricks, who will likely replace him at the top in the final game. At the same time, Heinrich Klaasen will don the gloves to perform keeping duties. 

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