Hashim Amla urges South Africa bowlers to stick to their plans

Hashim Amla slammed a brilliant 121 to help South Africa set a 346-run target for England Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 20, 2012

South Africa batsman Hashim Amla said on Sunday that his side needs to put in a lot of hard work to prevail over England in the third and final Test at Lord s, despite ending the fourth day with a complete command over the hosts.

Amla slammed a brilliant 121 to help South Africa set a 346-run target for England to win and level the series, on the fourth day.

“We managed to get two big wickets this evening and that’s put us in a really good position,” Amla said.

“But we understand that it’s going to take a lot of hard work because it’s still a decent wicket to bat on,” Amla was quoted as saying by Sportal.

The 29-year-old middle order batsman believes South Africa bowlers need to stick to their plans and continue to make breakthroughs, as the wicket at Lord s is still batsman friendly.

“The wicket itself is good to bat on but in the last innings, there is this thing called pressure that exists,” he said.

“When we were batting we felt it. England have to make the play and if we hit our areas for long enough, they are going to have look to score,” Amla said.

“We are going to try and stick to our plan and that situation alone creates enough pressure,” he concluded.

Vernon Philander rocked England with a double strike late on the fourth day as South Africa cemented their grip on the third Test at Lord’s on Sunday.

The seamer removed both England openers during a dramatic spell of two wickets for one run in 10 balls.

At stumps England were 16 for two, needing a further 330 runs in a minimum of 90 overs on Monday’s final day to reach what would be a new record victory total of 346.