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Quinton De Kock reminds Neil McKenzie of Adam Gilchrist

De Kock is a genuine talent says SA coach

By Rashmi Nanda -

South Africa's batting coach Neil McKenzie said that the current Protease wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock’s batting ability at batting number seven reminds him an opponent like Adam Gilchrist.

During his era, tall, powerful and ferocious, Gilchrist gave the Australians offensive punch when opposition bowlers thought the most horrible was over.

And now, McKenzie sees the same agony in the Kiwi bowlers, when the 24-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman walks to the crease in the Seddon park.

Quinton de Kock scored a fast and furious 90 runs from 118 balls and hitting 11 boundaries and two sixes in South Africa’s first innings against New Zealand on Sunday at Seddon Park. With the help of de Kock’s stunning knock, the Protease posted a respectable total of 314 against New Zealand.

When asked what de Kock walking to the crease does to an opposition's psyche, McKenzie said, “First-hand, Gilchrist used to do that for the Australians. You know that if he stays there for an hour, he's going to have 30 or 40 and, in a partnership, 70 or 80 runs for that session. (De Kock) scores quickly so it's about trying to get him out. I don't think it's about getting him quiet because he's got too many options. I didn't enjoy watching Gilchrist walk in for the Australians a few years ago. Seeing (de Kock) walk in when we're in a bit of trouble, it gives the guys a lot of confidence.”

He further added in praise of De Kock, “He's just a genuine talent. He knows his game really well for a young guy. He's very expensive, but technically he's very gifted in terms of how he hits the ball, very late through the off side.  He can really take the attack to the bowlers, but he does it his way. He's technically very good in terms of the positions he gets into to hit the ball.”

South African coach also said that there was no immediate urgency to elevate the left-hander up the batting order as Kock is very cushy No.7 for them. He concluded, “I think he's a really good player for us at seven at the moment. With the personnel that we've got, I think it's the ideal spot for him. I think there's no doubt he can move up. That could be a later question if you're going to play an extra all-rounder to give you a seaming option. But at this stage it's a very cushy No.7 for us.”