Explosive Proteas wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock will, for joyous reasons for him and his wife, miss one of the early 2022 Tests against India.
De Kock’s wife is expecting the birth of their child in early January, a delivery that is likely to keep him away from Test action in either the New Year’s Test at the Wanderers from 3-7 January or the third Test at Newlands from 11-15 January.
Cricket South Africa’s bio-secure environment’s protocols may also get in the way of him rejoining the Test side, but that will be determined by when his child arrives.
However, he is set to be available for the three-match ODI series against India where the matches will take place in Paarl and Cape Town.
The Proteas have Kyle Verreynne as the reserve wicketkeeper while the in-form Ryan Rickelton has been drafted into the Test squad for the India series.