South Africa: Standing to Account - Why Quinton De Kock Shouldn't Be Allowed to 'Keep It to Himself'


On Friday a week ago, Quinton de Kock scored a masterful 141, contributing to the Proteas' commanding position, and ultimate victory, in the first Test against the West Indies. After a difficult spell, this innings goes some way to answering his critics. But De Kock, the former Proteas captain and a leader in the team, has other questions to answer.

Jon Hunter-Parsonage is a PhD student at the University of Bristol.

On Thursday, at the start of play, every player involved in the Test took some action in support of the need for racial justice in the world.

Every player, barring De Kock.

Over the past 18 months, South African cricket has in many senses been flailing in the dark. From administrative disasters and missteps to a men's team that is struggling to match up to past triumphs, to policies on social justice that have vacillated between a wholehearted embrace of calls for racial and social justice and policies that have forbidden players from showing the support that they would like.

For the first Test against the West Indies, in Saint Lucia, the Protea men's players were allowed to make the gesture that they felt comfortable with in relation to...

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