Amla believes Proteas can hold their own without Kallis in the side

2014-02-11 00:00

CENTURION — Hashim Amla predicts exciting times for South African cricket even without Jacques Kallis.

Amla has been in several great partnerships with Kallis to help South Africa win Tests.

“The dynamics of the team will definitely be different without Jacques,” said Amla at SuperSport Park yesterday, where the first of three Tests against Australia begins tomorrow.

Amla said the Proteas had been preparing for the moment, but it was difficult to replace Kallis.

He said this does create an opportunity for someone else to make his mark in the team.

“That is why I believe this is why it is such an exciting time that awaits us,” Amla said.

He does not think he now has more resting on his shoulders in the absence of Kallis, adding he will play with the same approach and attitude.

Australian wicketkeeper and deputy captain Brad Haddin said he was very relieved that Kallis had retired.

He predicted the Proteas’ batting will suffer without Kallis.

Amla said it was a motivating factor that South Africa had not won a series against the Aussies at home since readmission.

“But we have beaten them in the past two away series so we know we can achieve success against them.

“We do not feel extra pressure about the fact that we could not beat them here,” he said. Of the six home series against the Aussies, two were shared and four were lost.

“It is not like we don’t know how to beat them,” said Amla, who has an excellent track record against Australia.

In the recent series against India it was, however, not the same Amla whom the South African fans knew.

He was inexplicably bowled at the Wanderers by balls he didn’t even play at.

“This time I plan to use my bat,” he said.

Haddin said he had lots of respect for South Africa as the top Test country in the world. He said Australia will not take it for granted that they could beat the Proteas as they did England.

He admitted Australia would miss the versatile Shane Watson.

He added he had had been quite scared when he batted against Mitchell Johnson and the Aussie fast bowlers on a dry Wanderers pitch at the weekend.

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