Thursday January 14th, 2016

South African wicketkeeper Quinton De Kock won’t play in this week’s test match against England because he hurt his knee... while walking his dogs. 

No, De Kock wasn’t dragged to the ground and trampled by St. Bernards. Take a look at one of the perpetrators. 

That’s quite the fearsome beast. 

“Quinny was walking his dogs and he slipped and somehow twisted his knee,” teammate Dean Elgar said, according to Cricket.com.au. “That’s basically it, he was walking his dogs. They were little Jack Russell sisters. It seems a very freak injury.”

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De Kock was injured Wednesday night but didn’t realize the extent of his injury until Thursday before the match.

With De Kock suddenly unavailable, South Africa had to call on another wicketkeeper to take his place on short notice. Dane Vilas was summoned from Port Elizabeth, about an hour-and-a-half by plane from the stadium in Johannesburg. According to Cricinfo, he arrived 45 minutes after the match started.

South Africa batted first, so Vilas’s tardiness wasn’t a big deal. 

- Dan Gartland

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