Fresh from scoring a century in the darwn opening Test in Brisbane, Hashim Amla says that South Africa are ready to adapt to whatever conditions lie in wait in Adelaide, where the second Test will be held.
Amla's 104 helped South Africa post 450 in the first innings at the Gabba, although he made an important 38 in the second innings on the final day to stave off Australia's victory charge.
Bookmakers bet365 make South Africa 8/5 to win the three-match series and they will have to do exactly as they did in Brisbane, quickly getting used to the pitch they are playing on.
"We anticipated something a bit quicker and more bowler friendly," Amla said about the wicket in Brisbane. "But the wicket seemed to flatten out quite nicely, I certainly enjoyed that and a few other guys enjoyed that.
"At the end of the day whatever surface we get dished up we try to apply ourselves as best as possible. When we get to Adelaide we will try and assess what kind of conditions we are going to have there and try and adapt accordingly."
After Amla and Jacques Kallis (49) were dismissed on the final day, it took an effort of 29 not out in 114 balls from AB de Villiers to steer South Africa to safety. The wicket-keeper has come under fire in some quarters for failing to convert starts in recent matches, but Amla is backing the talented all-rounder to turn things round.
"I don't think any of us doubted that AB (de Villiers) would be able to do both, keeping and maintain his high standards," he said. "Everybody goes through certain patches where they get starts and don’t quite go through.
"I think he maybe went through a short patch like that but he is such an awesome player and when he gets starts he usually carries on. That was a short patch and hopefully in the games and years to come, if he still decides to be keeper he will maintain both standards."
The Adelaide Test gets underway on 22nd November with the final Test of the series starting on 30th November in Perth.
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