• Double number four for Amla

    When Hashim Amla brought up his fourth double century, he became the second Protea to do so after Graeme Smith. We revisit each occasion he has passed the milestone.

    253* vs India, Nagpur, 2010
    It took him almost six years to do it, but it will go down as one of his very best innings for South Africa. You can be forgiven for forgetting that the Proteas were more than capable of batting big innings in India not so long ago. His partnership of 340 with Jacques Kallis (173) was the 12th-highest third-wicket partnership of all time, and the second-highest in India. They would go on to win by an innings and six runs.

    311* vs England, The Oval, 2012
    The innings that created history. Amla became the Proteas’ first-ever triple centurion, and it was again his partnership with Kallis which did the damage, as they put together an unbeaten 377 – the sixth-highest of all time. It remains the highest individual score by a South African, as they went on to win by an innings and 12 runs, setting the tone for the series which would see them rise to the No 1 side in the world.

    208 vs West Indies, Centurion, 2014
    It was only a year ago, but given what has happened since then for Amla as a captain and the Proteas in general, it feels like a much longer time ago. He was still new to the scene as a captain, but he let his bat do the talking as he passed 200 for the third time, to set up yet another innings victory. Little did he know that he would score just one half-century in 13 innings from there. Until…

    201 vs England, Newlands, 2016
    Returning to form when his side needed it most, and in dramatic fashion. After England’s 629-6, the Proteas were in disarray, but Amla, aided by AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma, changed all of that as they close in on England’s total. He was dropped a couple of times along the way, and skied one when he was on 197, but it hasn’t taken the shine off a potential series-saving knock.

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    Tom Sizeland