Mr Con­sis­tency

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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.

STU­ART HESS

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.” —

ZAMA LUNGANI

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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.

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