and yesterday the captain said it too – “Wayne’s biggest challenge is to be more consistent”. Parnell says the more he plays the better that element of his game is and he’s been happier with the groupings of his deliveries lately than the pace with which he’s bowled. It’s one thing doing that at domestic level, Test cricket demands even more. It’s a big opportunity for him to deliver.
KG rarely gets a run for his franchise side these days, such is the nature of the cotton wool wrapping job by the CSA medical folk. With overs under his belt in this series, and on the fastest pitch he’s had all summer – on home ground to boot – can he get to 150km/h at some point?
Angelo Mathews admits he’s tired of repeating himself. He wants his batsmen to concentrate better, his bowlers to sustain periods of pressure for longer and his side to show greater spirit for the fight over the next few days. ticket sales and the rainy forecast for the next few days has not helped. Down the road a sporting superstar is teeing it up at the SA Open and by all accounts he’s winning the attention of Joburg’s sports fans. Maybe a hundred from Hash might persuade a few to choose the Wanderers over Glendower… but it’s not looking good at this stage.
AS HASHIM Amla plays his 100th Test match for the Proteas against Sri Lanka at the Wanderers starting today, praise for the superstar came in from different sporting spheres - illustrating the impact he has had not only in his game but in sport in general. And they all agree that Amla is a phenomenal sportsman and human being. SONNY Bill Williams, All Blacks star and a personal friend of Hashim Amla, shared a video on YouTube saying: “Massive congratulations on your 100th Test. You’re an inspiration to myself and many others, thousands, millions around the world... keep doing what you do ‘bro’ and keep leading the way. Love and respect to you and your family. Cheers.”
Imraan Khan, a former schoolboy cricketer and Dolphins teammate of Amla said: “I’ve played with him from a young age, going through age groups and schools into the pro ranks. I remember how excited we were when he made his first-class debut for Natal, and we were still in school. It has just been a great thrill watching ‘Ntshebe’ grow through the years, from a chubby young boy into one of the greats of the game. Even more special has been seeing the man he has become. It’s been a pleasure to share part of that journey with him.”
Odwa Ndungane, Sharks and Springbok wing: “In this day and age, people celebrate even 50 caps, because it is a massive achievement in its own right. Injury, loss of form and many other things are all challenge he’s you have yo overcome. But, to see Hashim reach 100 Test matches is really special. When you look at the calibre of people that reach that milestone for their country, it tells you something. I’ve always admired his temperament at the crease, because it looks like nothing ever phases him.”
David Miller, teammate with Dolphins and Proteas: “I made my debut straight out of school ten years ago, in Maritzburg. Hashim was in that team, and he had already become a regular for the Proteas. I will never forget the way he welcomes me into the team, and made me feel welcome. The one word for me that stands out about Hash is consistent, on and off the field. In the ten years that I’ve known and played with him, he has never changed. He treated me the same way ten years ago as he did now, and that has just been fantastic to be around.”
Brett Proctor, former Kingsmead stadium manager and SuperSport commentator: “The best memory of Hash for me is very easy, and maybe a little bit selfish. It was the 2008/09 tour of Australia, and Channel Nine allowed me to be on the commentary for the final moments in the second Test at the MCG. Hashim hit the winning runs, to seal the series. It was not a significant innings, 18 not out or so, but to be able to be there for that was really special. I have watched Hashim and dealt with him from a young age, and his greatest attribute has always been his strength of character. There wer so many naysayers when he started, commenting about his bat going towards gully, and how he had been picked too soon. But he has always played like someone who realises that there is more to life than cricket, and it has been a pleasure to see him play for over a decade. I really hope that he gets over his latest blip, and makes 10000 Test runs, because he thoroughly deserves it. And if he can mark his 100th Test with a century, even better to silence the naysayers again.” —
BUOYANT: Proteas captain Faf du Plessis in the nets at the Wanderers in Joburg yesterday ahead of his side’s dead-rubber third Test against Sri Lanka starting today.