There Is A Lot To Play For - Hashim Amla
Despite Pakistan having already won the One-Day International series, South Africa batsman Hashim Amla maintains there is plenty to play for in tomorrow's final match.
Wins for Pakistan in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth have handed them a first ODI series win in South Africa but Amla is already focussing on the upcoming India series, and hopes a victory at Centurion Park can help the Proteas gather some winning momentum of their own.
And with Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith and Dale Steyn all unavailable, the match offers an opportunity for fringe players to make an impression.
"It’s quite disappointing to lose the series," Amla said. "I think there is a lot to play for, obviously Dale (Steyn), Jacques (Kallis) and Graeme (Smith) won’t be playing so from an opportunity point of view it’s great for the other guys to get a go.
"Leading up to the World Cup, it will help if every player in the squad gets as much game time as possible.
"We know we have India in a few days’ time so it’s important to create some winning culture and momentum," he added.
"They are a good team and we need all those things on our side."
Amla made 98 but his dismissal in the second ODI turned out to be a pivotal moment in the game, which Pakistan won by just one run, and he says the team are making progress with the bat.
"The progress is ongoing, even through losses you get a lot out of it.
"The chase in the last game was a good chase, we took a lot of positives out of it. The way we kept to our targets after 20, 30 and 40 overs, we just didn't manage to finish it off.
"From a batting perspective there were a lot of positives that we took from that match."
Although South Africa beat Pakistan 4-1 in the United Arab Emirates, they have been unable to follow this up with a win on home soil, and Amla says this is a reflection on both sides.
"Both teams are quite evenly matched, that’s what we've seen," he said. "We managed to cross over the line in the UAE and on this occasion they have managed to do it in some close games.
"That has probably been the beauty of the contest that we have had."
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