Opportunity to hone skills against England: Amla
2017-05-22 00:00:00.0

Standard Bank Proteas batsman, Hashim Amla, says the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against England starting on Wednesday is the perfect platform to ‘hone their skills’ ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy starting on June 1. 

The number-one ranked Proteas have won 14 of the last 16 ODI’s, and will be searching for some pre-tournament consistency and confidence against a quality and ‘well-balanced’ home team who thrive in their backyard. The series will also give the coaching staff an opportunity to try out potential combinations and strategies as preparation intensifies ahead of the eight-team tournament.

“This ODI series comes at a good time, it’s before the Champions Trophy and it will be great preparation for both teams,” Amla said in Leeds on Monday. “England are a good team, very well balanced, so it will be a good challenge to hone down our skills so we can start the tournament on a good note. 

“We have a very good balance in the team,” he explained. “There are a few of us who have been around for a few years. A few exciting youngsters like Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell, who has been around but still has age on his side. We have a very good mix, hopefully we can all put it together in this series and the Champions Trophy.”

The Proteas came from behind to win three matches in a row and the series 3-2 the last time the sides met in South Africa in 2016, but on this occasion, there will be little room for error against an in-form team.

“We played them not so long ago in South Africa and we know they have a long batting line-up with quite a few different bowling options,” Amla explained. “They are a well-balanced team, we understand that. We have had good series against them and because of their competitive nature, the way they have been playing and the way that we have been playing, I think it’s going to be a good series.” 

Amla has an impressive record against England in the UK, averaging 69.83 with the highest South African score of 150 at the Rose Bowl in 2012. He has continued with the form that accounted for two centuries in the recently concluded IPL with 59 in the 13-run win against Northamptonshire on Sunday and is looking to carry the confidence into the upcoming series.

“The warm-up matches went really well,” he said. “When you come to a new place you want to try and get as much information from the conditions as possible. The two warm-up matches provided that; a lot of the batsmen got runs and the bowlers got a good workout. In the last game guys were tested at different times which was a good experience.”


Video and audio featuring Wayne Parnell can be located on the FTP site below. 

Training and media schedule ahead of 1st ODI


Tuesday, 23 May

South Africa will hold a training session at Headingley in Leeds from 14h00.

AB de Villiers will hold his pre-match press conference at 13h00 before training.


Wednesday, 24 May

1st ODI

England v South Africa – Headingley, Leeds


South Africa ODI Tour to UK itinerary 

Wed 24 May     1st Royal London ODI (D/N)        Headingley, Leeds 
Sat 27 May        2nd Royal London ODI               Ageas Bowl, Southampton 
Mon 29 May      3rd Royal London ODI                Lord’s, London
Thu 1 – Mon 19 June ICC Champions Trophy 

Standard Bank Proteas ODI squad for three-match ODI series against England and ICC Champions Trophy: Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras), Quinton de Kock - wk (Multiply Titans), Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans), AB de Villiers – captain (Multiply Titans), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), David Miller (VKB Knights), Chris Morris (Multiply Titans), Wayne Parnell (Cape Cobras), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Imran Tahir (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (bizhub Highveld Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Farhaan Behardien (Multiply Titans), Morne Morkel (Multiply Titans).
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