• Amla: Master and Commander

    In our latest issue: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Wayne Parnell, Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and much more!

    In the July-September issue of SA Cricket magazine, on sale from Wednesday 18 June, managing editor Dan Gillespie looks at the type of leader Hashim Amla will make, and deduces that his rein will be characterised by the calm focus which has become the hallmark of his batting.

    ‘Amla’s combination of steely resolve, humility, and the common touch make him the ideal candidate to take the Proteas Test side forward,’ writes Gillespie. ‘Rather than trying to mimic Graeme Smith’s “brave cricket” approach, he will be a quiet, understated leader, but one assured enough to make the tough decisions.’

    But he goes on to caution that while Amla is well-suited to the job, the fact that he has shied away from leadership positions could see his tenure end abruptly, down the line. ‘Amla is notorious for his desire to stay away from the limelight, and has granted very few interviews to the media,’ Gillespie says. ‘That will have to change as captain. What if the pressures of facing the media after each day of a Test become too much for the bearded wonder, and his famous calm starts to give way to internal panic?’

    Also in the new issue: 

    – We investigate how Quinton de Kock’s talent can be harnessed to produce optimum results.

    – Wayne Parnell needs to marry his obvious talent with maturity off the field if he is to fulfil the potential he showed as a 19-year-old debutant.

    – Proteas paceman Dale Steyn is still the best in the world but, given his workload, how much longer can he last before time, and injuries, catch up with him?

    – Russell Domingo has experienced a difficult first year in charge. We investigate how his tenure has gone so far.

    – The Proteas tour Sri Lanka in July, a country where they have struggled to produce results. What will they face over there this time around?

    – In August and September, Zimbabwe beckons for our boys. Can our Northern neighbours put aside their financial troubles and avoid an embarrassing thrashing?

    – In the search for the Proteas’ new all-rounder, many have overlooked one candidate, Vernon Philander. We put the case forward for the man from the Cape.

    – The Cape Cobras won their second Sunfoil Series in a row this season. We chat to the men who orchestrated the victory and find out how they did it.

    – SA U19 captain and World Cup-winner Aiden Markram speaks about his ambitions in the game.

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