De Kock plays down Gilchrist comparisons

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Quinton de Kock has shrugged off comparisons between himself and Adam Gilchrist after he put Australia to the sword in the second Test on Monday.

Wicketkeeper-batsman De Kock walked to the crease on day one in Hobart with South Africa 132-5 in response to the hosts' 85 all out.

De Kock was unbeaten on 28 at stumps and after day two was washed out, took the attack to the Australian bowling brilliantly on day three, making 104 from 143 balls including 17 fours as the Proteas built a lead of 241.

Australia legend Gilchrist forged a reputation for counter-attacking superbly from number seven in the order, but De Kock insists he is not attempting to imitate his fellow left-hander.

"I don't try to play like him, it's just the way I play," he told reporters.

"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."

De Kock's last five Test scores read 82, 50, 84, 54 and 104, but he concedes sometimes he will have to adapt his approach to the situation.

"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," he said.

"The conditions determine how I play, I guess."