Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 7th 2016 Contents "I honestly feel a lot of the
criticism that Hashim has faced
in the last couple of weeks is
very harsh," South Africa coach
Russell Domingo said.
"He is one of South Africa s
greatest players...there hasn t
been enough respect shown of
his achievements as a player."
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, January 7, 2016
CAPE TOWN---England survived
a late South Africa surge as the sec-
ond Test at Newlands was drawn,
with the tourists 159-6 in their sec-
ond innings yesterday.
England finished 161 runs ahead,
but had to fend off the South
Africans, who took six wickets in
two sessions on the final day to pro-
vide an unexpectedly eventful fin-
ish.After four days of bright sunshine
and perfect batting conditions, Eng-
land was determinedly defending
the draw under gloomy skies in Cape
Town when bad light ended play
just under two hours before the
"It was a nervous finish, actually,"
England captain Alastair Cook said.
"It s not ideal and we ll have a chat
England posted a mammoth 629-
6 declared in its first innings, it s
second highest score in South Africa,
only for the hosts to respond with
a defiant 627-7 declared. England
still leads the four-match series 1-
0 and is in good position for a first
series win over South Africa in 11
years. There are two matches to play,
in Johannesburg and Centurion.
In a Test where 1,256 runs were
scored in the first two innings on a
serene batting pitch where batsmen
had few problems, it was a strange
finish in Cape Town.
The surface began to offer spin,
and nip and bounce for the quick
bowlers, and the searing heat gave
way to a blanket of gray cloud cover
and light drizzle.
Ultimately, England kept its nerve
to maintain its lead in the series,
while South Africa, under pressure
to live up to its No. 1-ranking in
tests, found some momentum after
a big 241-run defeat in Durban and
a hammering for its bowlers at the
start at Newlands.
"I know after a day-and-a-half a
lot was being written and a lot was
being said," South Africa coach Rus-
sell Domingo said. "For us to show
that type of resilience with the bat
Allrounder Ben Stokes made a
stunning 258 from 198 balls in Eng-
land s first knock, and Jonny Bairstow
provided 150 not out. South Africa
pretty much matched that with
Amla s 201 and Temba Bavuma s
maiden Test century, the first Test
hundred by a black South African.
England s wobbly final day began
with the exit of captain Cook in the
second over of play. Fellow opener
Alex Hales was out next over to a
diving one-handed catch by debu-
tant Chris Morris in the slips. Two
sessions later, England was six wick-
ets down and Bairstow had just sur-
vived a close stumping appeal as the
possibility of a come-from-behind
win for South Africa was alive.
"When you nick off down the leg
side and then sit and watch, it s not
an enjoyable day for a captain, I
won t lie to you," Cook said.
South Africa s late rally with the
ball was undoubtedly aided by a
turnaround in the conditions.
Using the cloudy conditions, fast
bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Morne
Morkel removed Cook and Hales
swiftly, with neither adding to
their overnight scores.
Joe Root hit five fours
in his 29, and survived
being caught on a Morkel
no ball. But it didn t last long
before Morris --- with his first
delivery of the day --- crashed an
in-swinging ball into Root s
for 15 just
to a careless
shot off spin-
hero of Eng-
land s first
innings, fell for 26
to the increasingly
influential spin of
Piedt, trying for a
big shot after
lunch. James Taylor was caught bat-
pad to give offspinner Piedt his third
wicket. England was 116-6.
Bairstow, who finished 30 not
out, dragged his foot back in
time to avoid that stump-
ing just before tea, and
his survival was con-
firmed after a very
long TV referral.
"This was a bit of
day but it doesn t
CAPE TOWN---Hashim Amla surprisingly quit
as South Africa s Test captain yesterday in the
middle of the four-Test series against England,
hoping "someone else can add more value" as
Amla said after the drawn second Test at New-
lands --- where he made a double century in a
big return to form with the bat --- that he was
stepping down immediately.
"I am comfortable in my decision knowing
that I have given my best and will continue to
do so," Amla said after the match.
He will remain available as a batsman for the
remaining two Tests.
AB de Villiers will replace Amla as captain for
the remainder of the series, Cricket South Africa
chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.
Amla took over the captaincy from the long-
serving Graeme Smith in June 2014 in a popular
decision considering his outstanding Test record
as a batsman. However, he came under pressure
after a lean run of recent results for the top-
ranked team, and relative struggles with his own
Amla oversaw series wins in Sri Lanka and
Zimbabwe and a home victory versus West Indies,
but South Africa s recent 3-0 drubbing in India
--- the Proteas first series loss away from home
since 2006 --- left a lasting impact.
Following that, South Africa then lost by 241
runs to England in this series opener in Durban,
where Amla was asked about the captaincy. He
said then that he was still enjoying it.
However, Amla conceded yesterday that he
had been mulling over the decision to quit as
far back as two weeks ago, before the series
against England began.
He denied the fierce criticism in South Africa
over the team s apparent slump, and his own
poor scores, influenced his move. He just felt a
change was best for the team, he said.
"You get to have a bit of a thick skin," Amla
said. Still, stepping down was "a little bit of a
relief," he said.
Amla captained South Africa for 14 Tests win-
ning four, drawing six and losing four.
His decision was unexpected considering his
201 in South Africa s fighting performance at
Newlands. Amla s first Test 100
since December 2014 was at the
heart of South Africa s 627-7
declared, a defiant response after
England scored 629-6 declared.
By the end of the match, South
Africa was on top and England
was batting to save a draw.
Some of the criticism of the
softly spoken Amla s leadership
style was that he wasn t aggressive
enough, a characteristic out of kilter
with some recent Proteas captains,
who favoured an in-your-face kind of
"If you try and copy anybody, you ll
never be a success," Amla said. "There
are many forms of leadership."
Amla remains a batsman with an
impressive record. His double century
in Cape Town was his 24th Test century
in 90 matches and his fourth test
score over 200. He averages 51.13
in Test cricket.
England survives late Proteas surge
South Africa's Kagiso Rabada, left, reacts with
teammates after taking the wicket of
England's Alastair Cook during their second
Test match in Cape Town, South Africa, yesterday.
South African Hashim Amla
lifts his bat during their
second cricket Test against
England in Cape Town,
South Africa, Monday.
South Africa vs England
England 1st Inns: 629-6 dec
South Africa 1st Inns: 627-7 dec
England 2nd Inns
A.Cook c De Kock b Rabada ....................8
A.Hales c Morris b Morkel ........................5
N.Compton c Du Plessis b Piedt ........15
J.Root b Morris .............................................. 29
J.Taylor c Bavuma b Piedt ......................27
B.Stokes c Morkel b Piedt ......................26
J.Bairstow not out ......................................30
M.Ali not out .................................................... 10
Extras: (4lb, 5nb) ............................................ 9
TOTAL: (for 6 wickets) .................. 159
Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-19, 3-55, 4-85,
Bowling: Morne Morkel 16-7-26-1
(3nb), Kagiso Rabada 13-2-57-1 (2nb),
Chris Morris 12-4-24-1, Dane Piedt 18-
8-38-3, Dean Elgar 6-2-10-0.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan, and
Bruce Oxenford, Australia.
TV Umpire: Rod Tucker, Australia.
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle, Sri
Result: Match drawn.
Series: England leads four-match
Amla quits as S Africa Test captain
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