South Africa players are diverse enough to handle new rules: Hashim Amla

Hashim Amla-led South Africa will take on Australia in a three-match ODI series starting Wednesday Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Johannesburg: Oct 18, 2011

South Africa captain Hashim Amla says his players are diverse enough to handle the new changes recommended by the International Cricket Council (ICC), which have been applied from October 1.

South Africa will face fresh challenge of change in ICC rules for one-day cricket, as they take on Australia in a three-match series starting Wednesday.

The new ICC rules are already been used in the ongoing series between Bangladesh-West Indies and between India-England.

One of the rules imply that two new balls will be introduced from either ends, which is expected to hamper the ability of seamers to obtain reverse swing as well as spinners.

“I think the two new balls will have a huge effect, as well as the changes to the power plays. We have thought about it and I think the team is diverse enough to handle all conditions,” said Amla.

“The bowlers fortunately have been doing well recently so I think they can bowl in any part of the innings whether it is in a power play or in general play. It is going to be very exciting to see how the use of two balls works out. On a good wicket it may be a little tougher for the bowlers, but by the same token if it is swinging it might be a bit more challenging for the batters,” he added.

Sports24 reported that South Africa can join Australia at the top of the ICC ODI rankings if they win the ODI series 3-0.