Sport 24 – Cape Town – It will be a popular development if it comes about.
- Veteran Proteas batsman Hashim Amla, showing promising seeds of revival after a lengthy spell of under-delivery at various levels, has the opportunity in a full, five-match one-day international series against Pakistan from Saturday (St George’s Park, 13:00) to hoist his average back to the hallowed 50-mark.
- Not too many of the world’s most long-serving, consistent limited-overs stars can boast career ODI averages in the fifties, remember.
- Amla, for the record, is currently the 32nd best runs-grabber in ODI history and likely to shift up several positions even if he decides to pull the plug on his illustrious career after the World Cup, beginning in England in late May.
- He will begin this ODI series, in Port Elizabeth, presumably very heartened by his steely, so welcome dual contribution of 41 and 71 at the Wanderers to the Proteas’ clean sweep-ensuring triumph over the Pakistanis in the Test series.
- But a discernible stride back toward regular, meaningful productiveness is nevertheless apparent: Amla had also weighed in with a gritty 63 not out in tricky, sometimes lottery-like conditions in the second innings of the first Test at Centurion, and shortly before that ended an unusually desperate little period for him with a knock of 61 for the Cape Cobras in the domestic franchise first-class competition.