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Woakes: England will have to to find tactics of subduing unhealthy De Kock


Cape Town – Chris Woakes believes it is imperative
that England get Quinton de Kock out as early as possible after the
Proteas skipper guided his side to a seven-wicket victory.

De Kock amassed 107 from 113 balls in his first ODI since succeeding
Faf Du Plessis as captain of South Africa’s 50-over side, helping the
Proteas overhaul England’s 258 for eight with 14 balls to spare.

Woakes needed no reminders about De Kock’s star quality and has now
urged the world champions to bounce back at Durban on Friday by keeping
his former Royal Challengers Bangalore team-mate quiet.

“He’s a world-class player and with him being captain now he has that
side of his game where he wants to see them over the line which might
give him that extra motivation to play even better,” Woakes said.

“That will be tough for us because we have to find ways to get him out.

“I’ve been fortunate to play with him in the IPL and he’s a
world-class player, so we’re going to have to figure out how we can stop
him scoring runs.

“He’s obviously a big, big player for them so it’s important we try to get him out early.”

Temba Bavuma was also a major factor in Woakes’ 100th ODI appearance
ending in a comprehensive defeat although he was unable to follow his
captain to three figures after being trapped lbw for 98 by Chris Jordan.

But after a difficult past few months in which he missed all but the
final Test of the series against England, he was merely happy to play
his part in a 173-run stand alongside De Kock.

“To be honest it was just good to be on the field. That
might sound a bit indifferent but I really felt like I was a kid with no
burden out there,” he said.

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– TeamTalk Media



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