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South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has taken a jab at Australian batsman Shaun Marsh, hinting that he is using the broken finger he suffered during his team’s recent tour of Sri Lanka as an excuse not to feature in the upcoming ODI series in South Africa.
Neither South Africa nor Australia have been in impressive form as of late as the Proteas lost 4-0 in a Test series in India before falling 2-1 at home in a four-match Test series against England. They then failed to make the final of the ODI tri-series in the Caribbean in June as they only won two of the six games they played.
Australia, meanwhile, are coming off a 3-0 whitewashing at the hands of Sri Lanka in their Test series in August, but recovered to win the ODI series 4-1 and the Twenty20 series 2-0.
Speaking about South Africa’s disappointing record, De Kock admitted that it was tough to be on the road for so many months. He then proceeded to talk about Marsh’s finger injury, which he hurt in the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Dambulla on August 28.
Marsh was initially named in the 15-man squad for the ODI series against South Africa, but after failing a fitness test, he was replaced by Usman Khawaja.
“Four months in India takes a lot out of you and it was straight from there to West Indies,” De Kock said. “That’s five months out of the country and constant cricket. It’s tough.
“That’s why I think some of the Aussies are blaming their fingers to go home early.”