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Amla bags all-time SA record
Hashim Amla (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Proteas batsman Hashim Amla became the record holder for the highest individual score by a South African batsman in Test cricket when he reached 281 against England at The Oval on Sunday.Live scoring
Amla surpassed team-mate AB de Villiers, who held the record since 2010 when he scored 278 not out against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.
By 15:38 (SA time) on Day 4 the Proteas were 566 for two in their first innings, a lead of 181, after England were bowled out for 385 in their first innings.
Jacques Kallis was the other SA batsman at the crease, not out on 147.
Amla though is still a fair bit off the highest ever Test score in history. Former West Indian great Brian Lara holds this record after making 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004.
Lara also holds the record for the highest ever first class score in cricket. He scored 501 not out for English county side Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994.Leading Test scores by South African batsmen (player, runs, opponents venue, year):
Hashim Amla 311 not out v England The Oval 2012
AB de Villiers 278 not out v Pakistan Abu Dhabi 2010
Graeme Smith 277 v England Birmingham 2003
Daryll Cullinan 275 not out v New Zealand Auckland 1999
Gary Kirsten 275 v England Durban 1999
Graeme Pollock 274 v Australia Durban 1970