Stick De Kock in higher up the order sooner rather than later

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Stick De Kock in higher up the order sooner rather than later

But the greater responsibility of batting above No 7 means the wicketkeeping gloves have to be dropped

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SA’s batting in the first Test in Visakhapatnam veered from serviceable in the first innings to atrocious in the second. The common thread was a middle order collapse that in the first innings was salvaged, but was terminal in the second dig as SA slid to a 203-run defeat.

It’s easy to look at the margin and say the Proteas weren’t at the races. The truth is that SA crossed 400 in their first knock. If they had more luck in pinning down Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma at the beginning of their match-turning stand, the wheels may not have come off the chase as they did when SA found themselves at 70/8.

A point of contention is where the explosive and free-spirited Quinton de Kock, who is adept at converting 50s into 100s from the No 7 position, should bat...

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