#SAvWI: Another Amla and De Villiers show on the cards for Proteas?

South Africa will be banking on another game-changing Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers partnership to help gain the advantage in the third Sunfoil Test match against the West Indies at Newlands. Amla and De Villiers are the most successful batting pair on the Test scene at the moment, and have scored 1 499 runs together since 2012, the most by any pair in world cricket.“We are in a really good position,” Faf du Plessis said. “The base of scoring big runs is there, we are three down with AB (de Villiers) and Hashim (Amla) there. The way that we normally bat you would hope that we get a big score. Tomorrow morning will be a challenge for us; the ball does nip around in the morning. If we get through the first hour unscathed this team will have their eyes set on a big enough total.“

Du Plessis says the bowlers adapted to the unusually slower and drier conditions for a first day at Newlands, and praised their efforts in wrapping up the West Indies’ within the first hour this morning.

“The last two or three Test series that we have played at Newlands there have been green-tops on day one which made it tough for the batsmen,” he explained. “They (bowlers) were expecting something along those conditions. We have played well on green pitches; our bowling attack is dangerous and as a batting unit we have also learnt how to deal with that.

“That’s Test cricket, you have to play under different conditions and you have to do well in them. I think they have accepted that after a lot not happening on day one, they responded brilliantly to come back and roll them over.”

He says a momentary lapse of concentration led to his waltz down the wicket and his dismissal on 68, but feels that a strong platform had been laid for Amla (55*) and De Villiers (32*) to capitalise on.

“I felt really good batting,” he said of his innings. “I moved well and hit the ball nice and late. I did the hard yards in my role at number three, which is to be solid as possible for the team. I did that, which was good for me, but it’s disappointing not to go through.“

James Buttler

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