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Ind vs SA: Results don’t justify our preparation, says Hashim Amla

Behind veil of positivity, Hashim Amla hid the disappointment of not getting the results for their preparation.

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The South Africans are known to be unfussy travellers and that’s seen as the reason for their long unbeaten away streak. They aren’t the complaining kind. Even a day after the ICC called the Nagpur track “poor”, the touring captain Hashim Amla didn’t really join the pitch debate. “Whatever has happened in Nagpur has happened…it’s end of the story. Whatever the ICC says, we will leave it at that. The important thing is to finish this tour with a win,” he says ahead of the final Test in Delhi.

Not repeating the pitch lament or the ICC observation that proved the surface wasn’t ideal for an international game, the South African captain opted to concentrate on the positives. He wanted to talk about Morne Morkel’s 6-wicket burst in Nagpur and off-spinner Harmer’s exception show. However, behind veil of positivity, there was an hint of disappointment. “This time around, the team’s preparation has been really good. Unfortunately, the results have not justified it,” he said ahead of the fourth Test in Delhi.

The 32-year-old concedes that batting hasn’t been easy. “The ball has been up and down, and hence you cannot trust the bounce on such pitches … having said that we have a young side and I’m sure it will be a learning experience for most these guys playing on such challenging conditions overseas,” he says.

Before this tour; Dane Vilas, Dean Elgar, Stiaan van Zyl, and even Faf du Plessis, had never played a Test in India. Suddenly, they were facing the likes of R Ashwin and Ravinder Jadeja on rank turner. It was a big ask, an impossible to achieve feat. But Amla knows a win in Delhi will go a long way in erasing some of the painful memories of the the three “nightmarish” days in Nagpur. It will also give a boost to his relatively young side ahead of their all-important series at home against England next month.

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What’s compounded his problems this series has been his poor batting form. In the five innings, his scores read: 43, 0, 7,1 & 39. Not too flattering considering how prolific he has been for the Proteas for well over a decade now. However, judging by the manner in which he played in the fourth innings in Nagpur, it might not be long before he finally rediscovers his touch.

His marathon stand with Faf DuPlessis in that innings was a testimony to the Saffers fighting spirit and intent – something which they had not done all series. Just to put things in perspective, the duo added 72 runs in 46 overs on the third day to keep the Indian spinners at bay. “It was good to score those runs, although it was not much just 39…but those were welcome,” he says. But Amla will rue the fact that his vigil was not enough to help his side save that Test match.

Steyn out injured

South Africa’s premier fast bowler Dale Steyn who has not featured in the Test series since the first Test in Mohali to a groin injury, will miss the final Test here in Delhi. “I can confirm that Dale Steyn is not going to play this Test match. He has been such an impact player for us. The selectors have not yet decided on his replacement,” Amla added.

First published on: 03-12-2015 at 01:51:30 am
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