Cape Town - The Proteas have
another opportunity to extend their nine-year unbeaten run away from home when
they take on Bangladesh in the first Test match in Chittagong on Tuesday.
The Proteas haven’t lost a
series away from home since 2006, and have only suffered series defeats to
Australia at home in 2008 and 2014 since then.
While the ODI series defeat was a poor slip-up by the Proteas, captain,
Hashim Amla says the Test whites bring on an entirely different challenge to the
“Test cricket is a different
format,” Amla said to the media on Tuesday.
“We have quite a few new guys in
the team, guys who haven’t played a lot of Test cricket and Dale (Steyn) and
Vernon (Philander) who didn’t play in the ODI’s. What the ODI series has done
is given us an awareness of what playing in Chittagong will be
The skipper hasn’t ruled out
the possibility of a debutant, and says this series will be a valuable learning
experience of playing Test cricket abroad
for the younger players in the squad.
“We have been playing good
Test cricket over the last couple of years,” Amla said.
“From my perspective we
have a lot of new faces mixed with a lot of guys who have played many Test
matches. I’m hoping the new guys get an understanding of what Test cricket is
like in Bangladesh and for some of us (senior players) to put in some big
performances to allow them to grow in Test cricket. We are a team in
transition and we’ll see that now more than ever. We have to try and get the
team together to grow over the next couple of years.”
Dale Steyn is currently on
396 Test wickets and on the brink of becoming only the second South African
after Shaun Pollock and the 13th overall to pass the magical 400
“To take 400 Test wickets is
something that is extremely special,” Amla said admirably.
“We know he has been
a special bowler for us in crucial times, and probably in every match that he
has played for us he has made some contribution. Hopefully if he gets there
during this series; there is no doubt that everybody will really enjoy the
success that he gets because we know the amount of work that he has put in and
the impact he has had on this team.”
Play gets underway on Tuesday at 05:30 SA time.