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De Kock and the Gilchrist parallels

November 14, 2016 19:03 IST

Playing down comparisons drawn with Australian wicket-keeping great Adam Gilchrist, South Africa batting mainstay Quinton de Kock has insisted that he just focuses on playing his own game.

Australia fight, but SA still in command of 2nd Test

South Africa's wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton De Kock celebrates on completing a century against Australia in the 2nd Test in Hobart on Monday"I don't try to play like him. It's just the way I play. I don't see myself being like him, I just see the ball, hit the ball type thing and have my own certain game plan. So that's the way I like to play," De Kock said.

De Kock's comments came after he flayed Australian bowlers on Day 3 of in the second Test in Hobart by smashing a blistering knock of 104 runs to guide the Proteas to a potential match-winning lead of 241 runs on Monday.

At stumps, Australia were still trailing by 120 runs, with Usman Khawaja (unbeaten at 56) and skipper Steve Smith (unbeaten at 18) batting at the crease.

The 23-year-old South African wicket-keeper has now notched up a total of 540 runs in the current calendar year with an average of 80, which is the best in the year so far.

Reflecting on the same, De Kock said, "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. The conditions determine how I play, I guess."

Image:  South Africa's wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton De Kock celebrates on completing a century against Australia in the 2nd Test in Hobart on Monday

Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

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