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TRIBUTE | Hashim Amla, bearer of the wrists of grace

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Hashim Amla (Getty Images)
Hashim Amla (Getty Images)
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He never gave the impression of aspiring to a high profile, had a negligible ego and seemed powered much more by a “I’ll get on with things” ethos.

It was fitting in some ways, then, that Hashim Mahomed Amla - now very close to his 40th birthday, and who retired from active cricket this week - spent his last couple of seasons in a distant, generally low-noise arena, plying his first-class batting trade in typically diligent fashion even with his heyday prowess so clearly somewhere in the tailwind.

He still managed to end the 2022 County Championship - though many stroke-players cashed in on the hot summer much more - with a highly credible 718 runs at an average a shade under 40 for (champions, too) Surrey.

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