South African skipper Hashim Amla, who collected the International Cricket Council mace and a $500,000 cheque for the world champion Test team hit the victory runs on Tuesday at Newlands on the 5th day of the 3rd and final Test against the Caribbean.
Hashim Amla finished on 38 runs (not out) as South Africa got the victory by 8 wickets to clinch a 2-0 series conquest, which he divulged had been hoped against the West Indies team. He was declared as the man of the series after scoring a devastating 342 runs at an average of 114.00.
Hashim Amla took over as skipper from the Graeme Smith, after the retirement of Jacques Kallis, and said South Africa were still a team in adaption. South African Opening batsman Alviro Petersen declared his retirement after the Test, opening up another vacancy in the Proteas team.
Hshim Amla said more difficult challenges lay ahead. The team is modifying. It has probably been a good change for some of the youngster cricketers to make their starts and get a feel of Test cricket in a year when they will be playing against really good opponents.
Hashim Amla said that he was sincere that the match-changing pace trio of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, and Vernon Philander could not carry on playing unspecified period of time. He added that he thinks about it all the time. It is not often someone is blessed with three bowlers of their capabilities. When they lost their two crucial player, they have to start looking at the next man to take over.
Hashim Amla has guided South Africa to 4 wins in 6 Tests, including an away series win against Sri Lanka. He was quoted saying: “After six matches I’m learning a lot more about captaincy. To find a winning combination is still our main goal. There is still a long way to go.”
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