Hashim Amla believes T20 transition will be smooth

Hashim Amla has played only three Twenty20 internationals for South Africa © Getty Images


By CricketCountry Staff


Cape Town: Oct 13, 2011


Hashim Amla, who will lead South Africa in the ODI and Twenty20 series against Australia, believes that transition from 50-over cricket to T20 will be smooth for him.


Amla was named South Africa skipper for the limited overs leg of the Australia series after AB de Villiers was ruled out of action due to a fracture in his finger. Amla has played only three T20s internationals.


“In the T20 there is obviously going to be more intensity and one has less time to have a look (at the conditions) and in that respect I certainly want to apply myself along those lines,” Amla was quoted by Sports 24.


“The similar basics that exist in 50-over cricket exist in 20-over cricket, but in a shortened version. To find that rhythm in the T20 is going to be crucial for the team and for when I bat, but I want to use this opportunity to find that rhythm,” he added.


The top-ranked batsman in the ODI format in ICC rankings has not captained any side in last six years, says that Gary Kirsten’s presence has lightened the burden on him.


“Gary is extremely well organised. The plans he has in place and the structures he’s organised has taken a lot of pressure off the guys,” he said.


The first T20 match between South Africa and Australia will be played at Cape Town on Thursday.