Assessment and adaptability will be the essential guide to dealing with conditions in the second Test match between Australia and South Africa starting in Adelaide in eight days’ time. Hashim Amla was one of the five centurions in the drawn first Test, and has encouraged a wait-and-see approach for the next match, after the pitch at the Gabba didn’t play out as expected.
“We anticipated something a bit quicker and more bowler friendly,” Amla said. “But the wicket seemed to flatten out quite nicely, I certainly enjoyed that and a few other guys enjoyed that. At the end of the day whatever surface we get dished up we try to apply ourselves as best as possible. When we get to Adelaide we will try and assess what kind of conditions we are going to have there and try and adapt accordingly.”
Amla’s impressive skill and temperament has seen him score big hundreds in some testing conditions around the world, notably his 311 against England at the Oval, and 253 against India in Nagpur.
The batsmen countered the pressure from the Australian batsmen effectively on a heated and verbal final day. AB de Villiers and Vernon Philander batted the Proteas to safety, with the former accumulating 29 runs off 117 balls in an unusually subdued but necessary execution. De Villiers’ conversion rate since taking over the gloves has been frustrating, with the streaky batsman reaching forty four times in six innings but failing to push on for a big score.
“I don’t think any of us doubted that AB (de Villiers) would be able to do both, keeping and maintain his high standards,” Amla said. “Everybody goes through certain patches where they get starts and don’t quite go through.
“I think he maybe went through a short patch like that but he is such an awesome player and when he gets starts he usually carries on. That was a short patch and hopefully in the games and years to come, if he still decides to be keeper he will maintain both standards.”