Former batsman Hashim Amla felt that the veteran Quinton de Kock retired suddenly and weakened South Africa’s batting lineup.
The 29-year-old de Kock announced his testing career last week, citing the need to spend more time with his family.
“The two best batsmen among us are Temba (Bavuma) and Quinton,” Amla was quoted as saying Sports 24.
“Now Quinton has opted out of the cricket test, which has further weakened the batting lineup, and now more than ever, it is necessary for Temba to hit higher shots-whether it is three or four, giving him time to play a solid role instead of recovering,” Amra said.
Despite De Cock’s retirement, Amra believes that Proteas can still rebound and defend their record of never losing to India’s home series.
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“Of course there is a way out, but it requires long laser-like focusing and touching wealth,” Amra said.
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“(Captain) Dean (Elgar) and Aiden (Markram) are first-rate players with hundreds of years of pedigree. If they gain momentum, they will definitely relieve tension and provide young people with much-needed confidence,” Amra said.
Proteas was eliminated with 197 and 191 at SuperSport Park in Centurion, and lost to India by 113 points in the opening test.
Amra, who has received more than 9,000 test runs and is the captain of South Africa, admitted the “fair” result in the opening test.
“This is a fair result,” Amra said.
“Over time, the Centurion became more and more difficult to hit and became notorious. Therefore, once India wins a throw, batting, and a game with more than 300 points, the Protea batter can at least match that score. Being behind 130 times is what really hurt them, but the result is different,” Amra concluded.