Amla talks ahead of third test match
South African test captain Hashim Amla has reiterated the fact that his team will stay positive and there wil not be a change of approach. He also urged his batsmen to be positive and try their best to counter the India spinners which are potent in home conditions. (Quotes via ESPNcricinfo)
“You’ve got to be positive in everything you do. If the guys got out playing a positive shot, I am happy because at least he tried to take the game forward and tried to score runs. That’s the name of the game,”
He said that losing the toss did not matter because he would have batted first anyway as he perceived the wicket as a good one. Amla also appreciated the way AB de Villiers batted but was disappointed to see the fact that nobody hung around to form a partnership with him and took the team to a high total.
“If I had won the toss, I would have batted first anyway. I think it was a good wicket,” he said. “We just didn’t get any partnerships going. AB was exceptional as always. Unfortunately no one stuck around with him long enough to post a big total.”
Having not played for 4 days and some days before the next test match, the Proteas side had many days to do some soul searching regarding their performance and prepare for the third test match at Nagpur but Amla does not want to over think things and wants his team to stay normal and do the basics right.
“We’ve had a lot of time to reflect but we don’t want to over-reflect,”
Hashim Amla was hopeful that his team can bat well in Nagpur and learn form their mistakes from the past three innings.
“It’s pretty simple: you try and be as positive as possible and sometimes it was the lack of turn that outdid us. You don’t overdo it, you try and keep the game as simple as possible. We’ve had three innings that haven’t gone to our plan and I am sure in the Nagpur Test, hopefully we come good. We have talked about it but you can’t over talk about something and complicate it more than it is.”
Amla also showed his faith in the current opening pair and was confident that they will be come good sooner rather than later. He added that opening is a difficult role and and perhaps the most difficult thing in test matches.
“I’ve always felt opening batting is probably the most difficult job in Test cricket. Sometimes you’ve got to field for 150 overs and then you’ve got 10 minutes to put your pads on. It is quite a demanding position to be in but Dean and Stiaan are our best openers and they will do a great job for us,” Amla said. “The fact that myself and Faf in this game haven’t got going, we only have ourselves to blame. No one else.”
Finally he said that although his team was bundled out for a low total but that did not mean his team would lose the test match because the first day of a test match alone can not define the outcome of the match.
“Although we got bowled out for 220 odd and India were in a good position at the end for the day, Test matches are not always won on the first day. There was a lot of time left for us to claw our way back into the game. You never know what could have happened.”
The final test match between the two sides will be played from the 25th-29th November at Nagpur.