Amla: Batting biggest worry

2011-10-20 14:01

Cape Town - Of the three departments of the game a rusty South African team are currently struggling with, captain Hashim Amla has singled out the batting as the most worrying.

After weeks of inactivity, followed by Twenty20 hit-and-giggles, South Africa's top-order have struggled to make an impression on a new-look Australian attack.

Graeme Smith once again went early, Jacques Kallis fell to a flatfooted drive, as did Amla, while JP Duminy also fell to a hesitant stroke.

"We're just not stringing together partnerships with the bat. The last couple of games, we've had no big partnerships and that's put a lot of pressure on the middle and lower-order. That's the big thing we need to work on before the next game," Amla said after South Africa were blown away by 93 runs in the first one-day international at SuperSport Park.

Amla admitted that the bowlers also needed to work on their games, although he added "they are finding their feet too".

Chief among those is Dale Steyn, while Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Morne Morkel both had solid outings at SuperSport Park, Ricky Ponting pointing out afterwards how difficult it was to get on the front foot against the two lanky pacemen.

"They got the ball to bounce a bit more, they swung a few and used the conditions well, so it was satisfying to get through and not lose early wickets to them," Ponting said.

South Africa will be counting on their top-order to do a similar job when the ODI series resumes in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.


  • Dale - 2011-10-20 14:27

    Oh really!? No waaaaaay! You can't have a team that only knows how to bowl. I thought we learnt this from the CWC? No power hitters either!

  • Lean - 2011-10-20 14:29

    Batting? Looks loke we have no batting, bet school boys would do better. Poor Proteas will never win a WC, even a rigged one haha!

  • Riaan - 2011-10-20 14:32

    This team’s biggest problem is attitude!!! Everyone knows we only have three batsmen AB, JK and Amla. If they don't get the runs then we don't get close... Faf can bat with one of these, but he is yet to prove that he can win a game when the chips are down. Jp in the past has done what he can to put the team in a position to win a game, but I can't remember when last thus team has won a game without AB, JK or Amla leading the way. Parnell and Rusty showed what can be done with right mind set. They did not have the experience or realy the talent to do what they did in the last T20 match. But they did it anyway; gone are the days when a Klusener, Pollock or Boje won a game we had no right to win. I once heard Ian Healy say "Cricket is only 10% about talent and 90% about mind set" Where is the Fanie de Villiers type attitude that one man can bowl a team out and win on Australian soil??? Where is the Klusener type attitude when he said no to the second run and hit the last ball for 6 againt NZ??? Where is the Jonty Rhodes attitude that nothing gets past me… I will dive on the stumps to make sure we get this important wicket??? NO Mr Amla, our biggest worry should be our attitude when the chips are down. YOU only get ONE chance to win knockout cricket. Until that changes we will never win anything important!!!!

  • comurray - 2011-10-20 15:10

    Proteas lost because the D/L system always favours the team batting first. Another draw back is Graeme Smith who never learns from previous mistakes. Kallis should be sent to stud as he is now old in the tooth and his reaction time has slowed considerably.

      Stephen - 2011-10-20 15:30

      Oh dear, sigh

      tyron.rees - 2011-10-20 15:39

      Ummm we won the toss...Why the hell did we choose to bowl first then - or is it the Aussies' fault we dont know the rules / conditions?

      Kosie - 2011-10-20 15:47

      @comurray: you obviously didn't see what kallis didin the T20 series the other day,he was top batsmen in the series

  • THABOM85 - 2011-10-20 15:48

    No Mr. Amla, the biggest worry is the one that walks alongside you to the crease at the start of the innings. He's just a wicket waiting to fall!

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