#SAvWI: Amla’s Proteas looking on bright side of drawn Test as Simon Harmer added

Hashim Amla’s Proteas will take valuable positives from the drawn second Sunfoil Test against the West Indies in Port Elizabeth. Captain, Amla, says his players will enter the series-deciding New Year’s Test with refreshed minds and bodies, along with some confidence following brilliant individual performances.

“There are a lot of positives,” Amla said after the match. “Dean (Elgar) scored a hundred, Faf (Du Plessis) got some runs, Morne (Morkel) bowling the way he did; all the seamers bowled exceptionally well. There were periods where I think on a different surface we would have picked up a lot more wickets a lot quicker.

“Guys have got a good feel going into the last Test. If we had bowled the whole day today we might have had some tired bodies with just the two-day turnaround so another positive would be that we have some fresh guys going into the last one.”

Amla says an attempt at chasing a win was part of the game plan going into the final day, however, it was the inclement weather that had the final say.

“It was certainly on the cards,” he said. “Had we bowled them out early this morning in a couple of overs, we were looking to set a target and to try and win the game with 50 or 60 overs to go. It would give us a chance to win the game and also give the West Indies something to look for. I think it would have been a good game, we obviously would have had to assess where the game was at.”

“It is a little bit disappointing,” Amla admitted. “When it comes to the weather I’m never too fussed, it’s out of your control. I was surprised that the ground held up for so long, we had a lot of rain and thankfully the drainage system here was good and we managed to get on whatever time we did.”

Simon Harmer added to Test squad

Chevrolet Warriors off-spinner, Simon Harmer, as an addition to the Proteas Test squad for the final Sunfoil Test match against the West Indies which starts at Newlands on Friday.

“We would like to have the option of a second spinner in the squad,” commented CSA selection convener, Andrew Hudson.

If Harmer gains selection he will be the 86th player to represent the Proteas in the five-day format.

Heavy overnight rain and a wet outfield prevented any play on the final day of the second Test at St. George’s Park. The match thus ended in a draw. South Africa retain the Sir Vivian Richards Trophy as they can no longer lose the series.

Castle Lager Test squad for Newlands:

Hashim Amla (Nashua Cape Cobras, capt), AB de Villiers (The Unlimited Titans, vice-capt), Alviro Petersen (bizhub Highveld Lions), Dean Elgar (The Unlimited Titans), Faf du Plessis (The Unlimited Titans), Stiaan van Zyl (Nashua Cape Cobras), Temba Bavuma (bizhub Highveld Lions), Vernon Philander (Nashua Cape Cobras), Imran Tahir (Sunfoil Dolphins), Dale Steyn (Nashua Cape Cobras), Morne Morkel (The Unlimited Titans), Kyle Abbott (Sunfoil Dolphins), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Rilee Rossouw (Chevrolet Knights), Simon Harmer (Chevrolet Warriors).

James Buttler

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