It is a pity that Quinton de Kock will no longer be available for the Proteas’ one-day cricket team after the World Cup tournament in India.
Yet the 30-year-old wicket-keeper seems to be batting with renewed fire and passion for the South Africans after announcing his official retirement.
De Kock had just reached his second World Cup century in a row with a graceful six off the bowling of Pat Cummins and he ended up scoring 109 runs before being clean bowled by Glenn Maxwell.
It was the fifth six of his innings and his aggressive approach put the Aussies under pressure in Lucknow.
De Kock enjoyed an opening partnership of 108 runs with Temba Bavuma before the Protea captain was caught off Maxwell’s bowling by David Warner.
He scored 35 runs.
Rassie van der Dussen then played some good drives, but just when he was getting going, he was caught on the boundary by Sean Abbott.
Aiden Markram – the hero of Delhi – now bats with Heinrich Klaasen.
South Africa have 197/3 after 35 overs on the scoreboard after Cummins won the toss and decided that the Proteas should bat first.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma (captain), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Tabraiz Shamsi.
Australia: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins (captain), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood.