Quinton de Kock signalled his intent for the season with a 78-ball hundred in the Standard Bank Proteas’ 50-over warm-up match against Sussex County Cricket Club at Hove on Friday. De Kock’s century, which included seven sixes and five fours, led the Proteas to a 66-run win in the rain-affected 32-over match.
De Kock (104 of 78 balls) and stand-in opener, Wayne Parnell (61 off 42 balls), set the platform for the Proteas’ imposing total of 289/4 with a spectacular opening partnership of 121 off 88 balls. The destructive left-hander - who was recently crowned as the SA Cricketer of the year – last played competitive cricket in March, but looked in impressive form ahead of a busy international summer. Parnell’s success at the top of the order in the absence of the rested Hashim Amla has given the coaching staff an unorthodox batting option should the need arise.
There were also notable contributions from stand-in captain JP Duminy (68 off 46 balls) and David Miller (25 off 20 balls) down the order, with most of the batsmen making good use of the match practice.
With the ball, Kagiso Rabada (2/26) and Parnell (1/33) made early inroads with the new ball, which stalled a tough chase for the home team. Harry Finch (62 off 59 balls) put in a spirited performance, but regular wickets and a rising run-rate left the hosts off the pace. It was a fruitful outing for the bowlers despite the reduced overs, with the pace quintet (Rabada, Parnell, Morkel, Pretorius and Phehlukwayo) and Keshav Maharaj (2/31) getting valuable mileage on the legs.
AB de Villiers was unavailable for selection due to a respiratory tract infection and will be monitored ahead of the second warm-up match on Sunday. The squad will play Northamptonshire in their final warm-up match ahead of the three-match ODI series against England starting at Headingley in Leeds on Wednesday.
Video and audio featuring Wayne Parnell can be located on the FTP site below.
South Africa ODI Tour to UK itinerary
Sun 21 May 1-day Tour match v Northants Northampton
Wed 24 May 1st Royal London ODI (D/N) Headingley, Leeds
Sat 27 May 2nd Royal London ODI Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Mon 29 May 3rd Royal London ODI Lord’s, London
Thu 1 – Mon 19 June ICC Champions Trophy
Standard Bank Proteas ODI squad for three-match ODI series against England and ICC Champions Trophy: Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras), Quinton de Kock - wk (Multiply Titans), Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans), AB de Villiers – captain (Multiply Titans), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), David Miller (VKB Knights), Chris Morris (Multiply Titans), Wayne Parnell (Cape Cobras), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Imran Tahir (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (bizhub Highveld Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Farhaan Behardien (Multiply Titans), Morne Morkel (Multiply Titans).