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De Kock episode will ‘galvanize’ – not divide – South Africa after knee apology

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De Kock episode will ‘galvanize’ – not divide – South Africa after knee apology

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The spinner’s comments ahead of Saturday’s game with Sri Lanka seemed to disagree with captain Temba Bavuma, who said his side were “obviously surprised and baffled” by De Kock’s initial decision.

Ahead of Tuesday’s game against the West Indies, a directive was issued by South African cricket bosses that every player must participate in the anti-racist gesture. De Kock, 28, withdrew from the team and said he was “shocked” by the order.

However, he has since apologized and vowed to kneel down if it “helps educate others and improves the lives of others.”

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Maharaj insisted the team had “bonded” in the face of the fury.

“It’s been a tough week, but the boys are mature and grown enough to adjust,” he said. “Morale was high today, there is this buzz and this flashback after two long days. We are focusing on cricket. Now.

“It made us bound and frozen much stronger. You will see more energy. [on Saturday] than in the last two games. It brought us closer together. “

Goalkeeper-beater De Kock could prove to be a vital asset in the Proteas’ quest to qualify for the Super 12 after a win and a loss in their first two games.

Maharaj said of his teammate: “He’s in a good space. It’s been a tough week, but he’s a mature character. We love having him on the team. No one is racist in our team. We respect each other’s different cultural and religious beliefs.

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