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Hashim Amla Wary of Australia's Reverse Swinging Abilities

Reuters |March 11, 2018, 9:48 AM IST
Hashim Amla Wary of Australia's Reverse Swinging Abilities

Hashim Amla played an uncharacteristically grinding innings to help South Africa to a narrow 20-run lead over Australia on day two of the second test at St George's Park, but praised the work of AB de Villiers in the face of excellent reverse-swing bowling from the tourists.

Amla scored 56 from 148 balls in a third-wicket partnership of 88 with Dean Elgar (57 from 197 balls) as South Africa reached 263 for seven at the close, a first innings lead of 20.

Crucially they still have AB de Villiers (74 not out from 81 balls) at the wicket, the only player in the match who has made batting look comfortable on a slow pitch on which both sides have been able to produce prodigious reverse-swing.

"He is so pleasing to watch, after Dean and I grounded it out, AB comes in and makes it look very easy," Amla told SuperSport after the days' play.

"Ideally we would obviously like a sizeable lead, the ball is tailing in and we have to bat last in the second innings.

"They (Australian bowlers) got good shape in the air, their reverse swing can be in or out, they have bowlers who are skilled enough to do both.

"It will be a very important morning and fortunately our bowlers have had a day to rest."

Amla and Elgar added just 43 runs in 26 overs in the middle session of the day, but he maintains it was more important at that stage to preserve their wickets.

"Australia bowled pretty well the whole session, we were trying to be as positive as possible, but there were not a lot of loose balls on offer.

"Not losing wickets in the session was important as the ball was reversing quite a bit at that stage."

Good Day

Australia seamer Pat Cummins (2-55 in 20 overs) believes it was a good day for his side, despite giving up a first innings lead.

"We knew we would probably spend the day in the dirt, but they only have a small lead and are seven down, so it was a pretty good day," he said.

"The wicket felt like it had a little bit in it all day and they batted especially well in the second session. We felt close to wickets but they stuck in there.

"The ball was quite hard and swinging in, it felt like we were in the game for a nick the whole day."

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
7 6 1 0 12 +0.90
2
NZ
7 5 1 1 11 +1.02
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
7 4 3 0 8 +1.05
5
BAN
7 3 3 1 7 -0.13
6
PAK
7 3 3 1 7 -0.97
7
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
7 0 7 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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