10Hashim Amla V/s England – 2012
Hashim Amla is one South African batsman who was criticized for his technique in the beginning before he came back and started plundering runs. He is the fastest batsman right now in the world to reach 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 runs in ODIs. He is also the 1st African batsman to score a triple century. He is also the fastest batsman to reach 50 international centuries. South Africa have been a force to reckon with since they came back from international exile with a point to prove. Blessed with absolute masterful cricketers like Klusener, Donald, Kirsten, Kallis, AB De Villiers they have had the resources to go out and make a statement.
South Africa began their tour of England with the 1st test match at the Oval, London. England won the toss and decided to bat first. After the initial setback of losing the captain in the very first over to Morkel, Cook and Trott put on 169 runs partnership to save England the blushes. Cook top scored with 115 while Trott was dismissed on 71. Pietersen and Prior chipped in with 42 and 60 respectively to take England to 385.South African retaliated with a formidable inning after inning after losing an early wicket. Smith and Hashim Amla put on a 259 run stand before Smith was dismissed. Amla’s inning had poise and aggression in balance. He punished the loose deliveries and gave respect to the deliveries which deserved so. He faced 529 deliveries and remained unbeaten on 311. He put on 377 runs with Jacques Kallis who too remained unbeaten and helped South Africa to 637. Hashim Amla became the only South African batsman to cross the mark of 300 on the way to his triple century. His inning was studded with 35 fours and no six. In reply, England were bundled out for 240 as Dale Steyn picked up 5 wickets. The highest score in the England inning was 55 by Ian Bell! After drawing the next test match at Leeds, South Africa won the final test match and the series at Lord’s.