South Africa star Quinton de Kock is back in action at the T20 World Cup – and this time, he took a knee.
The Proteas wicketkeeper ignited global controversy when he pulled out of his nation’s Tuesday night match against the West Indies at the last minute after the country’s Cricket Board instructed all players to kneel before the match in the pre-game gesture against racial injustice.
De Kock was unhappy at the late policy change, he revealed in a lengthy statement in the days after his controversial withdrawal from the game, but strongly declared he was ‘not a racist’.
On Saturday night he returned for South Africa’s clash with Sri Lanka, and took a knee with the rest of the squad before the match began.
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Captain Temba Bavuma spoke after winning the toss, saying Quinton and the team were doing ‘much better’ after the controversial moment.
His team news was simple: “Quinton comes back into the side for (Heinrich) Klaasen.”
He continued: “The team is feeling much better than we were a couple of days ago. We’ve obviously had some time to get other everything that’s been happening.
“Quinton is in a much better state. But as a team we’re good. We’re ready for the game today.”
The gloveman is on the brink of a milestone in the T20 International arena, needing just one catch to reach a half-century.