CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – New South Africa captain Quinton de Kock faces the world champion of England and prepares for the three-day international series that starts in Newlands on Tuesday.
South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen in action. REUTERS / Siphiwe Sibeko
South Africa wants to rebuild after a catastrophic World Cup in England last year, in which the hosts won the trophy by defeating New Zealand in the final in an exciting way.
This is the first game in England since the Lord’s decision in July.
"It's like any other team," De Kock told reporters on Monday. "Just because you have a World Cup, nothing changes. It's still the normal English team we're going to play against.
“I remember the last time you were here (2016) we did pretty well and won the series. So it doesn't matter whether they are world champions or not. It's the same as if we're playing against Australia, India, Bangladesh or whoever. "
South Africa has had problems with both ODI and test formats in the past 12 months. While there may still be some experimentation at the start of a new cycle for the 2023 World Cup, the most important thing, according to De Kock, is to achieve a series victory.
“We have new people who come in and bring a lot of energy. We have people who may make their debut, so the team is very excited, ”he said.
“We are in a phase of renovation and are looking forward to the next World Cup team. We want to give young people the opportunity to develop as cricketers.
“But we only want to win for this series. There is a lot of time to give chances, but it is better for us at the moment to win a series just to support the team's morale. "
England have rested against Ben Stokes, arguably the best all-rounder in the world, but De Kock says the team still has a lot of quality.
"It's always nice not to have to play Ben Stokes, but they still have good players," he said. “There are World Cup winners who are part of the squad and they also have exciting young players.
"Starting with a win would be great for the team and the guys seem ready."