Former South Africa captain Hashim Amla believes Quinton de Kock’s retirement has left a huge hole in the Proteas batting squad.
South Africa conceded a 1-0 lead in an ongoing three-match streak against India, losing the First Test in Centurion by 113 runs. The Proteas batting unit, failing to hit 200 in both innings, was a significant reason for their defeat. Post failed, captain Dean Elgar emphasizes the importance of a good batting for the rest of the series.
De Kock announced his abrupt retirement after the First Test, shocking the expensive fraternity.
Hashim Amla says Quinton de Kock is one of their two best hitters. While Amla emphasizes Bavuma’s need to beat higher, he believes openers must incorporate a partnership to promote younger boys. He speak:
“Our two best players in the middle are Temba and Quinton. Now that Quinton has opted out of the Cricket Test, which cripples the batting squad further and more than ever, it mandates Temba must hit higher – maybe three or four, allowing him time to play a solid role instead of a restorative role Dean and Aiden are classy players with pedigrees in the hundreds and if they’re motivated, that certainly calms nerves and gives the much-needed confidence to younger boys.”
Bavuma’s batting was one of the bright spots in another substandard performance from South Africa in the first test. The right-hander made 52 in the first round and was undefeated at 35 in the second.
“Being 130 behind is what really hurts them” – Hashim Amla
Amla admitted that South Africa played a catch-up game as India scored more than 300 in the first innings, based on Centurion player manners. Veteran 124-Test believes it will take on a difficult task from the servers to return to the series. Amla added:
“It’s a fair result. Centurion is notorious for getting harder and harder to hit as it gets better. So once India wins the throws, hits and scores over 300, Protea’s hitters will have to. against that score at Least. Getting 130 people running behind is what really hurts them, and the result makes the difference. There’s definitely a way back, but it’s going to be the same focus. like a laser for a long time and touch a fortune.”
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The second test begins on January 3 in Johannesburg.
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