Amla became the first South African to join the 300 club
Cricket South Africa have branded batsman Hashim Amla as a modern day role model after he accomplished two milestones in the first Test against England at The Oval.
Amla not only made South Africa’s highest individual Test score, but also became the first South African to make a triple century in Test cricket.
Cricket South Africa acting CEO Jacques Faul said: “This has been a sensational performance by our top order, but Hashim has to be singled out for first breaking AB de Villiers’ record of 278 not out and then going on to join the 300 club.”
South Africa have always had a strong batting lineup, but up till now, no one really had the credentials to record a score over 300.
“Hashim’s contribution to South African cricket has gone far beyond the runs he has put on the scoreboard. He remains a wonderful role model to our youth with the humility and dignity he displays on the field, his totally professional and focused approach on the field and the manner in which he conducts himself both on and off the field,” Faul said.
Faul also congratulated captain Graeme Smith on becoming only the seventh cricketer in history to make a century in his 100th Test match.
“To round it off we have had our captain, Graeme Smith, scoring a century on his 100th Test match appearance and our acknowledged batting champion, Jacques Kallis, making his 43th Test match century. Hashim and Jacques have also equalled the performance of Graeme and Herschelle Gibbs in sharing three treble century stands,” Faul added.