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Hashim Amla sees South Africa revival from ODI series loss to India

Hashim Amla believes the ODI series loss against India has given South Africa a reality check in the build-up to the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.

cricket Updated: Feb 15, 2018 20:15 IST
Khurram Habib
Khurram Habib
Hindustan Times, Centurion
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South Africa’s Hashim Amla has managed just one fifty in the ongoing ODI series against India. (AFP )

Ahead of the final ODI against India, which would basically be only for pride, South Africa got some bad news. Their main pace bowler Kagiso Rabada was fined for giving India opener Shikhar Dhawan a send-off in the previous game. (INDIA vs SOUTH AFRICA FULL COVERAGE)

Asked if docking 15 per cent of his match fee was too harsh a sanction considering that many famous players get away after similar, if not more outrageous, acts, senior player Hashim Amla said though the team wouldn’t want to comment, they’d like consistency.

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“Those type of things, we leave it to the authorities. KG is a fast bowler. We’ve seen fast bowlers, spin bowlers all get involved in their bowling. It’s not for me to comment on it. It is for the authorities to decide, what’s in the game, what’s not in the game. All we can ask for is things to be consistent,” said Amla, ahead of the final one-dayer on Friday.

Hope in gloom

Amla said the ODI series loss to India, in a way, could help because it has brought the players to the ground.

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“In this series, what has been highlighted is that we haven’t been able to score runs in the middle period due to their spinners bowling decently and the younger guys in our team learning a lot about themselves and playing spinners. Playing spin was not an issue in the past, but the silver lining is that when you lose matches, it highlights the problem and it only makes you better. So, when it comes to other series and World Cup, we are better prepared for it.

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“To lose a series like this brings your feet back on the ground. When you are playing well, with somebody playing a brilliant innings, cracks can be covered. But when you are losing in this manner, whatever adjustment needs to be made, you focus on that. For me, that is a very positive thing anybody can take, whether it is in sport or business or whatever. It is a healthy situation in one respect and that is a positive we take.”

Batsmen to blame

Amla admitted the Proteas have played good cricket only in patches, but refused to blame the bowlers. While he admitted they have failed to get early wickets, he praised the bowlers for pulling things back in the later overs.

But the former skipper said batsmen must take the blame.

“Although we haven’t managed inroads upfront, we have still managed to restrict India. 270, 280 is not an overwhelming total. But it has been the batting that has failed us. Unfortunately those of us who have batted in the top six haven’t managed to get the big hundreds that must shape an innings. We (top six) haven’t really got going and given the momentum we needed to give. It is not that the totals were beyond reach. The combinations we have gone in with have been fine. Unfortunately, the batsmen haven’t done enough.”

First Published: Feb 15, 2018 19:43 IST