Hashim Amla will become the eighth player to represent South Africa in 100 Test matches

Hashim Amla is all set to play his 100th Test match for South Africa in the third Test starting on Thursday (January 12) in Johannesburg. He made his debut against India at the Eden Gardens in 2004 but got dropped soon after, owing to a string of poor scores. He returned to the national team following the forced absence of Herschelle Gibbs against New Zealand in Cape Town in 2006. Since then, he has been the mainstay of the South African middle-order along side the likes of Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis.

A look into his career through numbers:

8 Amla will become the eighth player to represent South Africa in 100 Test matches. The others in the list are Kallis (165 Tests), Mark Boucher (146), Graeme Smith (116), Shaun Pollock (108), AB de Villiers (106), Gary Kirsten (101) and Makhaya Ntini (101).

At 33 years & 287 days, Amla will be the second-oldest South African to reach the landmark after Kirsten (36y 116d). He has also taken the maximum time since debut to reach the landmark – 12 years & 46 days – among other South African players.

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3 Players with more runs than Amla for South Africa after 99 Tests. However, his 25 centuries is the joint-most by anyone for the Proteas alongside Kallis.

Most runs for South Africa after 99 Tests

Player Runs Avg 100s 50s
G Smith 8161 50.68 25 32
J Kallis 7857 56.12 24 39
AB de Villiers 7685 51.92 21 37
Hashim Amla 7665 49.45 25 31
G Kirsten 7210 45.92 21 33
+ Excludes the appearance for ICC World XI

3 Amla scored 490 runs in three innings during South Africa’s tour of India in 2010. He was only the fourth player to do so in a two-Test series and only the second player to do it in a series away from home.

65.62 Amla’s average in Test matches between January 2010 and December 2014. Among the 66 batsmen who scored over 1000 runs during this period, only Shivnarine Chanderpaul averages more than Amla – 67.71. Amla scored 4069 runs in this period which was only behind Alastair Cook (4769), Michael Clarke (4506) and Kumar Sangakkara (4446).

Leading run-scorers between 2010 and 2014

Player Mat Inns Runs Avg SR 100s Highest
A Cook 59 104 4769 48.66 46.68 15 294
M Clarke 52 95 4506 51.79 58.81 16 329*
K Sangakkara 41 76 4446 64.43 51.86 16 319
H Amla 42 70 4069 65.62 53.65 16 311*
Ian Bell 54 90 3865 50.19 49.72 12 235
AB de Villiers 43 68 3752 62.53 55.11 11 278*
J Trott 46 82 3488 45.89 47.74 8 226
K Pietersen 48 81 3382 43.92 60.64 7 227
B McCullum 42 76 3374 46.86 63.45 8 302
Younis Khan 33 60 3067 60.13 49.76 12 213
11 After starting off 2015 with a 63 against West Indies, Amla played out 11 innings without adding another fifty. It is the longest such sequence for him in his career. Since his last fifty in August 2016, he is currently going through a lean patch without scoring a fifty in 10 innings.

Longest stretch without a fifty

Inngs From To Runs Avg
11 Jan 2015 Dec 2015 188 17.09
10 Aug 2016 present 196 19.60
9 May 2006 Dec 2006 115 12.77
201 by Amla against England in Cape Town in 2016 is the highest score by any player in his final Test while leading the side. Overall, seven players have scored a hundred in their final Test as captain but Amla is the only one to go past 200.

4 Double hundreds scored by Amla is the second-most for South Africa after Graeme Smiths tally of five. He is also South Africas only triple centurion. He scored an unbeaten 311 against England at the Oval in 2012.

71.50 Amlas average against New Zealand, his highest against any opposition. He scored 1001 runs against them from 11 Tests with four hundreds and six fifties. Incidentally, he will be playing his 100th Test against the team who he struggled the most with an average of 33.46 from nine Tests against Sri Lanka.

1202 Runs scored by Amla from 11 Tests in Centurion at an average of 80.13. Among those who scored at least 1000 runs at a South African venue, no one averages more than Amlas 80.13 at the Super Sport Park.

59.48 Amlas average in the third innings of a Test match, the best he averages in any innings. Among those players with a minimum of 1500 runs in the third innings, his average is the seventh-best. For South Africa, only Jacques Kallis (65.26) averages more than Amla in the third innings of a Test.

6558 runs scored by Amla at first drop is the fourth-most for any player after Kumar Sangakkara (11679), Rahul Dravid (10524) and Ricky Ponting (9904). The next best for anyone from South Africa is 3335 by Kallis.

7 Most number of dismissals for him against a bowler – seven times each to Mitchell Johnson and Stuart Broad. However, he averaged 42 against Johnson and 43 against Broad.


Source : Cricbuzz http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/90021/hashim-amla-south-africa-cricket-test-cricket-100th-test


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