De Kock speaks on ODI format, playing Shamshi against Aus

Lucknow, (UNI) South Africa’s Quinton de Kock on Wednesday said he finds the ODI format quite tiring, but recommended youngsters to find their way to keep it going in order to fulfill their big ambitions.

“I’m sure a lot of guys love the format. I’m not going to speak on behalf of everyone. For myself, it’s been doing it for a couple of years now, so I find it quite tiring. It’s been a long time for myself, but I’m sure there’s still a lot of guys, a lot of youngsters coming through the ranks, guys still at school growing up, they still would love to play this format.

“I highly recommend that they find a way to keep it going because there’s a lot of guys with big ambitions who want this format to carry on going which I think they need to find a place and a time for it to happen,” he told reporters on the eve of the match against Australia here on Thursday.

Asked whether the team is tempted to bring in Tabraiz Shamsi to try and make the most of Australia’s struggles to spin in that middle overs, De Kock replied in the positive, but cautioned that the same Australian batsmen who struggled against Indian spinners destroy spinners in the IPL and other stuff.

“I think obviously it’s been a thought in what the selectors are thinking, but in saying that I’ve also seen those same guys who struggled in the Australian team also destroy spinners in the IPL and stuff. I think that was a spinning-friendly wicket in Chennai,” he said.

Most other teams could have struggled because the Indians have got a really good spin bowling attack, De Kock said. “I’ve played against a lot of these guys, guys like Warner, Smith, Marnus, Maxi, these guys really play spin really well in general,” he said.

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