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South Africa have named wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock as the captain for the remaining two ODIs of the ongoing five-match series against Sri Lanka. De Kock takes over from Faf du Plessis who was ruled out from the tour after hurting his shoulder during the third ODI on Sunday which the visitors went on to win to seal the series.

READ: Du Plessis out of Sri Lanka tour

De Kock, 25, will have his first taste of the captaincy at the senior level. He previously led the Proteas’ U-19 team back in 2012. JP Duminy has been named as his deputy for the two ODIs but will lead the side in the one-off T20I against Sri Lanka.

Though De Kock is nervous but he is hoping to continue the good work of Du Plessis. “To be honest, I am feeling quite nervous, it is an honour to be given this responsibility of captaining the Proteas,” he said. “I want to carry on where Faf has left off and to continue with his legacy. As a captain, I will try to stay true to myself and stay true to what I believe it takes to be a good leader. I will strive to help others going forward, just to be there as a captain.”

South Africa head coach Ottis Gibson feels this will be good chance for De Kock to put on display his leadership skills. “I have always found Quinton to have a good cricket brain, he understands the game,” he said on Tuesday. “With Faf injured, it seems like a good opportunity and chance for him to show that side of his game as a leader for the next two games. He is someone who understands the game, he is constantly helping the captain on the field, he shows good leadership on the field even as a normal player.”

De Kock praised his team’s dominating performance in the ODI series after being humilitated in the preceding Test series by the hosts. They have already taken an unassailable 3-0 lead and will be hoping for a whitewash. “The team performance at the moment speaks for itself. Everybody is doing something right at the moment. Everyone is chipping in, the batsmen are scoring runs, the bowlers are taking wickets and the fielding has been on top. We will try to keep the standard of cricket that we have going for the next two ODI’s,” he said.

The fourth ODI will be played on Wednesday in Pallekele.