PLAYING FOR KEEPS: Quinton de Kock of South Africa walks off the ground after notching his century.
PLAYING FOR KEEPS: Quinton de Kock of South Africa walks off the ground after notching his century. Robert Cianflone

Proteas' 'Gilly' overshadows Hazlewood haul

CRICKET: Josh Hazlewood claimed the second-best figures of his career, but the Australian paceman was overshadowed on day three of the second Test in Hobart by an opponent almost 30cm shorter.

The Proteas' 169cm-tall keeper-batsman Quinton de Kock cracked his second century in 12 Tests to go with the 11 he has accumulated in one-day internationals.

The 23-year-old's knock came off just 143 balls and gave the tourists a commanding 241-run first-innings lead after the hosts were rolled for 85 on day one.

The left-hander added 144 runs for the sixth wicket with Temba Bavuma (74), including 105 yesterday morning when play was finally able to resume after Sunday's complete washout.

An incredible Adam Gilchrist-style weapon to have at No.7 in the batting order, de Kock struck 17 boundaries to follow up his first-Test double of 84 and 64.

De Kock has now reeled off five successive scores of 50-plus to become just the fourth South African to achieve the feat, while he has accumulated 824 runs at an average of 54.93. Gilchrist's was 53.28 at the same point of his career.

The 196cm Hazlewood eventually clean-bowled de Kock, before claiming another three wickets yesterday to finish with 6-89 from 30.5 overs - a touch short of his career-best 6-70.

Since he made his Test debut against India in Brisbane in December 2014 the big right-armer has taken more wickets (88) than any other Aussie bowler.

Mitchell Starc finished with 3-79, while debutant Joe Mennie (1-85) claimed his first Test wicket when dismissing Bavuma. Spinner Nathan Lyon went wicketless (0-57).

Facing the prospect of another sizeable defeat - and fifth loss in a row - Australia began its second dig in the worst possible way when opener Joe Burns was caught behind by de Kock off the bowling of Kyle Abbott in the first over without scoring.

It left the Queenslander with scores of 1 and 0 in his comeback Test.

Australia was 2-121 when bad light stopped play last night, with Usman Khawaja on 56no and Steve Smith 18no.


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