Nick Gordon
1 minute read
4 Jan 2016
12:50 pm

Amla and AB adopt patient approach

Nick Gordon

South Africa's marquee batsmen continue to dig in, aided by England drops.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 03: Hashim Amla of the Proteas celebrates his 50 with AB de Villiers during day 2 of the 2nd Test match between South Africa and England at PPC Newlands on January 03, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

Cape Town – Things went well for the Proteas during the morning session on day three of the second Test against England on Monday.

Considering the events that unfolded during the run-fest on day three as the visitors piled on 629 before calling a declaration with six wickets down it could, in all honestly, only improve.

By the time lunch rolled around at Newlands, captain Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers had taken the hosts to 199/2. The captain had moved his innings to 91 while De Villiers had gone on to record his 39th Test half century.

There is still a massive amount of work ahead with the deficit still 430 runs but there has been every indication that the pair are prepared to knuckle down. They’ve even had luck on their side this morning.

The second ball of the day was edged by De Villiers and fell just short of the man at second slip and Amla was given a lifeline in the 21st over of the day when he was dropped by James Anderson at first slip off the bowling of Joe Root.

De Villiers had survived a dropped catch late on the second day when Root had dropped a sitter off the bowling of Anderson.

The stand between Amla and De Villiers is currently worth 114 and the approach has been patient with the pair into their 48th over at the crease together.

De Villiers, who has played a number of his trademark drives this morning had moved to his half-ton with a boundary off the bowling of Moeen Ali and in the process has moved past  8 000 Test runs.