July 23, 2012

South African cricket

Amla steamrolls England, pips Els

Alan Gardner

Sunday bore witness to two South African sporting success stories on British shores, with Hashim Amla's triple century followed later in the day by a surprise victory for Ernie Els at The Open. But it was Amla who took top billing on what The New Age called "South Africa's day of champions".

Amla made it on to the front page of the majority of South African dailies, and was shown hugging Jacques Kallis on the front page of The Star above the headline "Mighty Hash lauded after feat".

"Hashim Amla is known as the 'Mighty Hash' on social media websites like Twitter, but yesterday he became the Incredible Hash when he scored the first triple century by a South Africa," the paper said. Els got more of a look in on the back pages, after winning his fourth golf Major.

Perhaps the editorial decision was an easy one - while Els last won The Open in 2002, South Africa have had to wait more than a century for a cricketer to score a Test 300.


Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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