Amla is known to be one of the most calmest batsmen in the game today
South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has branded Australia’s attempts to unsettle him over the first two Test matches as “quite humorous” after they tried to get under his skin by bowling short-pitched deliveries and having a more aggressive attitude.
Amla hasn’t looked quite as comfortable at the crease since his century in the first innings of the first Test at Brisbane, but he stated that it had nothing to do with Australia’s so-called ‘intimidation’ techniques.
“I actually found it quite humorous,” Amla said. “Obviously the guys were a bit pumped up thinking I had nicked the ball. I guess it is a bit funny when guys get emotional when there is no real need to, but it’s part of the game. I found it quite funny and just enjoyed the moment. It was a nice patch of play for cricket.”
South Africa captain Graeme Smith noted that the Australians were saying a lot on the field, but did not fully catch everything they said.
“There was a lot of noise out there but I couldn’t really make out what was being said,” Smith said. “It was the same as any other game.”
Tensions are now at an all-time high leading into the final Test since the number one Test team ranking is on the line, but Australia captain Michael Clarke was confident his team would be able to pull off a victory at Perth, especially after their agonisingly close match against the Proteas at Adelaide.
“I think the aggression and the intent is the way we play our best cricket and I certainly don’t want to stop that,” Clarke said. “But we understand there’s a line and you can go to the line but you can’t overstep it.”
So far Australia’s attempt to sledge the South Africans into defeat has not worked, but Clarke claims that it will give his team the mental edge heading into the third Test.
But, Smith was quick to dismiss Clarke’s comments, and said: “I think a draw was a reflection of both teams.”