De Kock: I've grown quite a lot

The Highveld Lions man has been the standout player for the Proteas so far this summer.

Proteas batsman Quinton de Kock. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - High-flying Quinton de Kock believes he has come a long way in the last 12 months.

The Highveld Lions player has been the standout player for the Proteas so far this summer, scoring a century against Pakistan and three consecutive tons against India.

De Kock says these knocks have helped him develop mentally and emotionally.

"I think I've grown quite a lot, especially in my confidence - it was never there before. My work ethic has also grown."

Growing up, de Kock says he idolised one particular destructive wicketkeeper.

"I probably looked up to Adam Gilchrist when I was younger. I played against him once in the IPL [Indian Premier League]."

When asked if the Indian bowling attack has adapted to the South African wicket yet, de Kock said local surfaces were difficult.

He says all pitches are not the same, resulting in a different pace and bounce.

The teams now shift their attention to Test cricket.

The first game takes place at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Wednesday.