Proteas won’t give in easily

2013-11-29 17:11

For the second consecutive home season, the Proteas are staring down the barrel of an ODI series whitewash.

However, top-order batsman Hashim Amla said they aren’t ready to give in to Pakistan easily.

The Proteas face Pakistan in a dead rubber ODI after Misbah-ul-Haq’s men sealed the series with a one-run win in the second ODI in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

“We know we have got India coming next week, so to create some sort of winning culture, it will be very important for us to take that into the India series,” Amla said.

“They are a very good team and we need all those good things in our team.”

The Proteas will be without three of their key linchpins for Saturday’s SuperSport Park clash.

Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis have been rested because of various niggles so they can be kept fresh for the India series, which starts on Thursday, while Graeme Smith is on compassionate leave.

Kallis and Steyn have not been replaced while Smith’s place has been taken by Titans’ top-order batsman Henry Davids, who is likely to slot in at number three with Quinton de Kock back in his preferred opening slot.

Amla said the absence of the three key players does open up the opportunity for the fringe players to make their mark.

It also affords him the chance to take a lead batting role after the Port Elizabeth disappointment – he said he was not happy that he did not see the game through to its tight conclusion.

“My role is to play positively and bat for as long as possible. You’ve got guys like JP Duminy who can bat well and someone like Henry Davids, who I think will bat at number three. He’s been batting well for the Titans so it will be a great opportunity for him to do a similar type of role that he does very well for his franchise,” Amla said.

“I don’t think playing without Kallis and company will present much of a difference. It gives us an opportunity to play our game properly.”

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