Proteas

Baby foils Amla’s Essex plan

2011-11-02 15:00
Hashim Amla (Gallo Images)
Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town - The expected arrival of his first child has thwarted the likelihood of leading Proteas batsman Hashim Amla having another stint in county cricket with Essex next year.

Sign up for Sport24 promo mailers and win

WIN with Nike Vision

The Chelmsford-based side were keen to acquire his services after his hugely successful short stint with them two seasons ago, when the Dolphins top-order ace averaged 103 in a handful of County Championship appearances.

But the local Essex Chronicle newspaper has reported that Amla, 28, has decided to stay at home because his wife is due to have a baby.

Coach Paul Grayson was quoted as saying: “It’s disappointing but I fully understand his reasons for not coming.

“He did very well for us when he came over in 2009 and was a popular figure both in the dressing room and among supporters.”

Essex fans nicknamed him “WG”, after the legendary, similarly heavy-bearded father figure of modern cricket WG Grace.

An early-season spell with Essex in 2012 might have been useful to both Amla and South Africa for tune-up purposes, as the Proteas tour England later in the northern hemisphere summer, including three Test matches.

But he is also no stranger to the different demands of English batting conditions after his prior stint at Chelmsford and also experience of the last Proteas tour in 2008, when he scored a century at Lord’s in a match-saving South African second-knock fightback to have his name carved on the hallowed honours board there.

Read more on:    proteas  |  hashim amla
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Extreme Kiteboarding in Pumping Conditions!

Highlights from the Cape Town, Red Bull King of the Air 2016 competition.

 
 

Outdoor

The Arctic becomes an unlikely surfing hotspot
A romantic holiday to beat the winter blues
Why should you do a 5k?
5 places to hike naked!
Fixtures
03 June 2016
West Indies v South Africa, Guyana 00:00
07 June 2016
Australia v South Africa, Guyana 00:00
11 June 2016
Australia v South Africa, Basseterre, St Kitts 00:00
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

Should Proteas coach Russell Domingo stay - or go - as national coach?

 
 
/News
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
SuperBru Super Rugby challenge

Enter and challenge Sport24's staff!

Featured

As the Absa Premiership nears the Christmas break, a little over half the season remains. Who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Which teams will be relegated? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.