With South Africa having already lost two early wickets, De Kock was attempting to rebuild the innings and play carefully.
However, an attempt to flick Josh Hazlewood down towards fine leg went badly wrong and resulted in De Kock’s dismissal.
De Kock failed to get a clean contact on the ball, with it hitting his bat and then ricocheting off his pad straight up in the air.
When the ball landed, it cannoned into the stumps and meant De Kock had technically been bowled for just seven.
“What a horrible fate for Quinton De Kock,” said the commentator. “He watched it in slow motion, it was a slow death. A calamitous dismissal for South Africa.”
Cricket fans were quick to react to the dismissal on social media, with one writing: “Strangest dismissal of the tournament candidate already and we are only in the first match of the tournament. Poor Quinton de Kock“
“What a horror dismissal,” added another. “Quinton de Kock gone. SA in far bigger trouble.”
The 28-year-old is one of South Africa’s most dangerous batters, but he has not been in a great run of form lately.
After getting dropped by the Mumbai Indians during the second half of the IPL, De Kock made two single figure scores in South Africa’s two warm-up games ahead of the tournament and his dismissal against Australia was indicative of a player who is in desperate need of a slice of luck.
De Kock’s dismissal saw South Africa fall to 23-3 during just the fifth over of their innings, with captain Temba Bavuma and the in-form Rassie van der Dussen getting out before him.
Bavuma was bowled by the off-spin of Glenn Maxwell, who opened the bowling alongside Mitchell Starc.
Van der Dussen, meanwhile, was caught behind off an excellent delivery from Hazlewood.Internet Explorer Channel Network