Quinton de Kock has established the beginning of his farewell tour in One Day International (ODI) cricket with back-to-back centuries at the outset of the 2023 World Cup. The 30-year-old scored 109 runs from 106 balls in Match 10 against Australia on Thursday, October 12.
Competing at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow, his home ground during the IPL, the opener provided a strong start to the South African innings after being tasked with batting first on a rejuvenated pitch in Lucknow.
Quinton de Kock and skipper Temba Bavuma established a 108-run partnership for the opening wicket, although most of the runs were contributed by the former, while his partner encountered difficulty in finding his form.
The left-handed batsman notched his 19th One Day International (ODI) century by hitting eight boundaries and five sixes. This achievement places him second only to the World Cup. He reached the three-figure mark by sending a length delivery from Australia’s captain, Pat Cummins, over the square leg boundary for a six.
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Quinton de Kock reached the milestone of 1000 runs in the 50-over format against Australia during his superb innings. He has now accumulated a total of 1018 runs in 29 innings against the five-time world champions, maintaining an average of 36.35. This impressive record includes three centuries and three half-centuries.
Quinton de Kock will retire from ODIs after the World Cup
The South African opener has revealed his intention to retire from ODIs once the quadrennial event concludes on November 19. He plans to become a globetrotter and explore opportunities in various thriving franchise tournaments, all while remaining open to playing for South Africa’s T20I team.
De Kock is currently participating in his third World Cup for South Africa, with his debut in 2015. The opening batsman has accumulated 659 runs in 19 innings at an average of 38.75 in World Cup tournaments to date. He commenced this edition with another remarkable century (100) against Sri Lanka in Delhi.