Quinton de Kock Returned to South Africa’s team in their 20 World Cup match against Sri Lanka after missing the previous game for refusing to take the knee. The star player later apologized and agreed to stand by his teammates in the anti-racism gesture made compulsory by Cricket South Africa before Tuesday’s match against the West Indies. Skipper Temba Bavuma won the toss and chose to bowl first in their bid to win a second consecutive Super 12 match after beating the West Indies, despite De Kock not refusing.
De Kock remains the only change in the Proteas team with Heinrich Klaasen making way for the senior wicketkeeper-batsman.
“The team feels much better than we did a few days ago. Quinton is in a much better condition,” Bavuma said at the shoot.
De Kock’s last-minute move created a stunned South Africa and the cricket world, and the former captain said in a statement on Thursday that he was sorry.
“If I help my knees to educate others and make others’ lives better, I am more than happy to do so,” said De Kock.
Sri Lanka remain unchanged from their defeat against Australia. They won their first Super 12 match against Bangladesh before falling in the second.
Skipper Dasun Shanaka said their familiarity with Sharjah Stadium gives them an edge over the Proteas.
“We played two games (in Sharjah) and we had some exposure here, so that could be an advantage,” he said.
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (capt), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Quinton De Kock (wk), David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana
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