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“I will try not to get out freakishly again”
South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has announced that he refuses to be unperturbed ahead of the national team’s three-Test series against Australia, which gets underway on February 12 in Centurion.
After only scoring 43 runs in the Proteas’ recent home series against India, which is the second-lowest amount of runs he has scored in a series since making his Test debut in 2004, Amla has vowed not to “get out freakishly again”.
While delivering that comment, Amla had a huge grin on his face since everyone knows how he was dismissed by not offering a shot in both innings of the first Test against India in Johannesburg.
Amla also noted that spending time in the middle has helped him find his touch once again.
“As a batsman you keep things the same wherever you play,” he said. “You assess the pitch on the day, the tempo of the game and the circumstances on which you are going to be batting. Sometimes the game of cricket requires a combination of many things to succeed.”
When asked what it would feel like without having all-rounder Jacques Kallis in the team for the first time in 18 years, Amla said: “We’re not going to replace Jacques and we know that. It’s given the team a different dynamic and a different way of approaching things. It will be quite exciting. We will have a different type of flavour.”
Amla is also hoping that South Africa can get the better of Australia once again, especially after they were involved in a gruelling series with the baggy greens towards the end of 2012 which the Proteas won 1-0.
“We’ve played against Australia with the same bowling attack quite recently,” Amla said. “There won’t be much difference in how we approach this series.
“In the last few series, we’ve had some good success over Australia away. It would be nice to translate that into a good series at home this time.”
Amla also paid no attention to the fact that South Africa have a chance to defeat Australia in front of their own fans for the first time since their readmission to international cricket in 1991.
“I don’t think it’s felt different to when we’ve played Australia before,” he said.