‘The Aussies Are Batting Really Well’ De Kock Wails


Proteas’ wicketkeeper-batsman, Quinton de Kock is less eager to celebrate scoring his second Test century and sharing a sixth-wicket partnership of 144 with Temba Bavuma which strengthened Proteas hold on the second Test match against Australia at Hobart today.

He said Proteas have to work harder to eventually triumph over the Australians. They need to break the unbeaten 42-run stand between in-form batsmen Usman Khawaja (56 not out) and Steve Smith (18 not out).

De Kock remarked that “the Aussies are batting really well on that wicket.”

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“We are going to have to see what happens tomorrow,” he said. “Usman is batting exceptionally well, he has a good game plan and Steve Smith, as always, is contributing to the team. They are only two wickets down with a lead of 120 or so, there is still a lot of work ahead of us but we are still fairly confident.”

Commenting on his performance, he stated that he takes a lot of satisfaction when contributing to the team in any match or any format.

“I’m happy with what we have achieved but the game has only just gone past half-way, we still have a lot to do. Australia look determined in their second innings, there is a lot to play for. Hopefully, we can counter that tomorrow.”

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Also, he dismissed being compared to former Australian wicket-keeper batsman, Adam Gilchrist saying: “I don’t try to be like him, that is just the way I play.

“I don’t see myself like him, I just see the ball and hit the ball. I have my own game plans, that’s the way I like to play. Some days I can get off to a good start and keep a good momentum for the team and some days I’m going to have to grind it out. Certain conditions will determine how I play,” buttressed De Kock.