Hashim Amla averages close to 58 with the bat in Australia    Getty Images
Hashim Amla averages close to 58 with the bat in Australia Getty Images

Former Skipper Hashim Amla believes that South Africa are not just dependent on him and stand-in captain Faf du Plessis, but has faith in his side s batting depth. South Africa s regular captain AB de Villiers is set to miss out the entire Test series due to elbow injury. As a result, Australia bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Peter Siddle believe that South Africa s batting line-up is a bit on the weaker side. South Africa s record in Australia has been good as they have not lost a Test series Down Under since the 2005-06 season. Amla and du Plessis could be key to South Africa batting, if the Proteas are to keep up that god record. Full Cricket Scorecard: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test at Perth

“Before every series, there’s always the same questions,” Amla said ahead of the first Test, starting at the WACA Ground on Thursday. We got asked about Dave Warner and Steve Smith. So there’s always going to be two guys you’re asked about in the opposition. I don’t look too much into it, because I know in our batting order we’ve got guys who can make impacts at any stage of the game, and that’s a really wonderful thing to have in the team. Over the last six or seven years – the success we’ve had away from home, you don’t get that success with only one guy doing well,” Amla said according to cricket.com.au.

Amla has fond memories of Perth the venue of the first Test between Australia and South Africa. It was at this venue that South Africa put up 414 for 4 in the fourth innings, which is only the second highest successful run chase in Tests. Amla was also part of Ricky Ponting s farewell match, which the Proteas won by 309 runs. Amla does not want to read too much into the past records and wants to ficus on the present. “For me those things were four years ago, and eight years ago – really far in the past,” Amla said. “You take the experience from it and the memories. But the game’s played on day one, two, three, four, and five. That’s where the cricket is. It’s not eight years ago,” he added. READ: AUS vs SA: Steyn, Rabada and other Proteas players to watch out for

Amla also praised Dale Steyn, who is six wickets away from breaking Shaun Pollock s record of 321 wickets. “It’s a phenomenal thing to think about,” Amla said. The guy’s in probably the top 10, if not top five best bowlers in the history of the game. For him to get the accolade – whenever he does – it will be a really special moment for all of us,” said the right-handed batsman