Amla says Proteas to be 'motivated' by failure to beat Oz at home in Tests for 20 years
Veteran South African batsman Hashim Amla has said that South Africa's failure to beat Australia at home in a Test series since its re-admission to world cricket more than 20 years ago will be a motivation, rather than a burden, when the three-match series begins on Wednesday.
Of the 13 series played between the teams in South Africa, the only two to go the way of the home team came in 1966-67 and 1969-70 and since South Africa's post-Apartheid re-admission, Australia has won four of its six touring series.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the failure of the now top Test in the world to win at home has undermined its convincing recent record against the visitors, in which it has won its past two series in Australia, in 2008-09 and 2012-13.
Amla, ranked second in the world for Test batsmen and fourth for one-dayers, rejected the suggestion that his team was burdened by having failed in six attempts in the past 20 years to beat Australia at home, saying that they are instead motivated to play even better against their opponents and break the jinx.
Stating that it would be nice to translate their success against Australia way into a home series, Amla also said that they have played against Australia quite a few times before over the past few years, and the same bowling attack as well, for which he does not think it will be a much of a difference for them in the way they approach this Test series.
(Posted on 11-02-2014)