CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – England needs to find a way to fight South African captain Quinton de Kock. Otherwise, they suffered a series loss on their first appearance since the World Cup last July, said Seamer Chris Woakes.
South Africa's Quinton de Kock in action REUTERS / Mike Hutchings
South Africa celebrated a seven-goal victory at the first One-Day International in Newlands on Tuesday, with a good 107 from De Kock and an equally attractive 98 from Temba Bavuma.
De Kock seemed to be playing itself when he reached his 15th ODI century, and Woakes said that England, who has rested her talisman Ben Stokes for this series, knows that the South African skipper often has the key to his punch potential ,
"I've played quite a bit against him and he's a world class player," Woakes told reporters.
"Now that he's also a captain, he has the side of the game where he wants to see her across the finish line, and that could mean he is playing even better.
"We have to find ways to get him out. I was lucky enough to play with him in the IPL and I know that we need to find out how we can stop him from scoring runs. He is a great player for them. "
England went from 51 without defeat to 108 for five and finally to 258 for eight in their 50 overs, giving the home team a record that they saved with 14 balls.
“It was a respectable amount, probably not a great score, but something to roll on. If we had taken gates at important times, we could have put pressure on them.
"But this partnership between Temba and Quinton was pretty good and they won the game."
Joe Denly scored the first goal for England with 87 points, but only Woakes (40) was able to score another goal, and the regular fall of the Wickets threw England out of step.
"We constantly rebuilt in the middle. Ideally, you want two guys to take over the middle role up to the back end. That gives you the platform for a good score. But we always lost gates.
“We did some good things today, obviously we can do better. It was far from our best performance, but we can get some positive results and correct them. "
The second game will take place in Durban on Friday, the series finale in Johannesburg on Sunday.