Comparision to Adam Gilchrist is so silly, feels Quinton de Kock

Updated: Nov 16, 2016, 13:10 IST | AFP |

South African Quinton de Kock played down comparisons with destructive wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist as he continued to flay Australia's bowlers yesterday

Quinton de Kock plays a pull shot on Day One of the Hobart Test vs Australia on Saturday. Pic/AFP
Quinton de Kock plays a pull shot on Day One of the Hobart Test vs Australia on Saturday. Pic/AFP

Hobart: South African Quinton de Kock played down comparisons with destructive wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist as he continued to flay Australia's bowlers yesterday. The 23-year-old wicketkeeper blazed his second Test century to help give the Proteas a potential match-winning 241-run innings lead.

By stumps on the third day in Hobart, the Aussies had whittled that lead down to 120 runs with two days remaining. The swashbuckling de Kock has been likened Australian gloveman Gilchrist, who revolutionised the wicketkeeper-batsman role with 17 Test centuries, often turning matches with his prodigious hitting.

But de Kock played down the comparison after pounding 104 off 143 balls, including 17 boundaries. "I don't try to play like him, it's just the way I play," de Kock said.

"I don't see myself being like him, I just see the ball, hit the ball type thing, have my own certain game plan. So that's the way I like to play," he said. De Kock's stand of 144 with schoolboy friend Temba Bavuma was the highest by a visiting team in Hobart for the sixth wicket.

De Kock has now scored 540 runs in the current calendar year for an average of 80, which is the best in the year so far. "Some days I can get off to a good start and keep a good momentum for the team, and some days I am going to need to grind it out," de Kock said.

17
No. of Test tons Oz great Adam Gilchrist hit in 96 matches

540
Number of runs SA wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has scored in the current calendar year with an average of 80

Proteas in control

Hobart: Australia were 121-2 at the close of play yesterday trailing South Africa by 120 runs on the third day of the second Test here.

The home side were in a desperate fight to save the game after losing opener Joe Burns for a duck to the fourth ball of the innings and David Warner when the ball cruelly bounced off his body on to his stumps.

At stumps, Usman Khawaja was on 56 with skipper Steve Smith not out 18. Australia face a mighty struggle to see-off South Africa, who are already 1-0 up.

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