AMLA SAYS PROTEAS WILL BE RUTHLESS
Proteas batsman says team have been focused on series win
WITH Australia cricket in turmoil following the recent ball-tampering scandal and captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner suspended, Proteas batsman Hashim Amla insists they won’t take anything for granted in the fourth and final Test tomorrow.
The Proteas can make history by beating Australia for the first time in a home series since readmission if they win the final Tests. And that’s what the focus has been on as they are not aiming to get drawn into the controversy surrounding Australia.
That was they case when they won the third Test in Cape Town as they did not allow any off the field drama to affect them.
“With all the distractions, there is not much we can do from our perspective,” Amla said.
“I am grateful that we are sitting in the South African change room without the shadows hanging over us. For us, it is about the cricket. You’ve got to keep your focus as professional sportsmen.”
Should the Proteas win, it will be the first time they will do so against Australia in a home series since readmission. They did beat them away in a Test series but have struggled to do so at home.
“We are very motivated. I don’t think South Africa have won a series against Australia since our admission.
“At the start of the series that was motivation there to be the team to achieve it. We played some good cricket.
“We played good enough cricket to be 2-1 up in the series. So at this venue, I’m sure the captain and the coach will see what the wicket is like and make a decision about how we go as a team.
“With all the distractions there is not much we can do about it and I’m glad we are sitting in the South African change room 2-1 up without any problem.”
Amla, who has not enjoyed a good run of form, is eyeing the last Test to score big but insists he is not feeling any pressure.
“No, I don’t feel it. The pressure we have is to perform at our best. As I said, we have not played our best cricket.”
NO MERCY: Batsman Hashim Amla says his team will not take anything for granted.