Quinton Test’s retirement crippled South African hitter further: Amla: The Tribune India
Johannesburg, January 2
A weakened South African batting team has been “even more crippled” by the sudden retirement of veteran Quinton de Kock, believes former country star hitter Hashim Amla.
At 29, de Kock ended his testing career last week citing family reasons, although the wicket batsman will continue to play in the game’s shorter formats.
Amla is concerned about the development, at a time when the home team are down 0-1 to a formidable Indian side in the ongoing three-game test series.
“Our two best center hitters are Temba (Bavuma) and Quinton.
“Now that Quinton has retired from the cricket test, it further cripples the batting lineup and, more than ever, it is imperative for Temba to hit higher – whether it’s three or four, give him time to play a role of solidification as opposed to a recovery, “said Amla, as quoted by Sport24.
However, Amla believed the Proteas could still bounce back and defend their record of never losing a home series against India.
“There’s definitely a way to go back, but it’s going to require laser-like focus for long periods of time and a small fortune,” Amla said.
“(Captain) Dean (Elgar) and Aiden (Markram) are class players with a pedigree for the hundreds and, if they gain momentum, it will certainly ease the nerves and instill the confidence that the younger ones have. need, ”Amla said.
The Proteas were eliminated for 197 and 191 at Centurion’s SuperSport Park to suffer a 113-point loss to India in the opening test.
Amla, who has scored over 9,000 practice runs and also captain of the team, admitted the result “fair” in the first game.
“It was a fair result,” said Amla, who scored two double cents at Centurion during her career against the West Indies (2014) and England (2016).
“Centurion is known to get harder and harder to beat as the days go on.
“So once India won the toss, hit and scored over 300, it was the game for Protea’s hitters to at least match that score.
“Being 130 points behind is what really hurt them, and that ended up making a difference,” Amla concluded. PTI