De Kock's Test retirement further cripples South Africa's batting: Amla

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02 Jan 2022 | 06:16 AM
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De Kock's Test retirement further cripples South Africa's batting: Amla

The South Africa 'keeper will however continue playing limited-overs cricket for his country

Following India's 113-run win at Centurion in the first Test, South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock announced that he would retire from Test cricket, citing family reasons, leaving many stunned. 

De Kock however remains available for selection in limited-overs fixtures for South Africa. Former Proteas skipper Hashim Amla reckons de Kock's retirement has further crippled South Africa's batting line-up.

"Our two best batters in the middle are Temba (Bavuma) and Quinton.

"Now that Quinton has opted out of Test cricket, this cripples the batting line-up further and, now more than ever, it makes it imperative for Temba to bat higher - be it three or four, allow him time to play a solidifying role as opposed to a recovery one," Amla was quoted as saying by Sport24.

Despite being 1-0 down in the three-match Test series, Amla has backed South Africa to bounce back and keep their record of not losing a home Test series against India intact. "There's certainly a way back, but it's going to take laser-like focus for extended periods and a touch a fortune," Amla said.

"(Captain) Dean (Elgar) and Aiden (Markram) are class players with a pedigree for hundreds and, if they get momentum, it would certainly ease the nerves and give much-needed confidence for the younger guys," he added.

Amla, who has scored more than 9 000 Test runs and also captained the side, acknowledged the "fair" result in the opener. "It was a fair result," said Amla, who scored two double hundreds in Centurion during his career against the West Indies (2014) and England (2016).

"Centurion is notorious for becoming more difficult to bat as the days progress.

"So once India won the toss, batted and scored in excess of 300, it was game on for the Protea batters to match that score at the very least. Being 130 runs behind is what really hurt them, and it ended up being the difference," Amla concluded.

South Africa will look to level the series when they take on India in the second Test at the Wanderers, starting Monday (January 3).

(With inputs from PTI)

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