England v South Africa, 2nd NatWest ODI, West End August 28, 2012

Faster than Viv Richards

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the second one-day international between England and South Africa
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Review of the day
England had declined to utilise their one DRS opportunity when Hashim Amla, on 37, was trapped in front by Samit Patel - replays suggested the third umpire would have been obliged to adjudge the batsman out - but did use it when JP Duminy, on 4, was struck outside the line of leg stump by one from James Anderson. It meant that when AB de Villiers, on 22, edged an attempted switch-hit on to his shoulder and into the arms of Craig Kieswetter, England were unable to review the umpire's decision. Alastair Cook was proved correct five times out of nine when calling for reviews in the ODI series against Australia, but showed in this game that there is room for improvement with his use of the DRS.

Moment of the day
Amla was on just 1 when he drove a delivery from Anderson straight to mid-off and set off for the sharpest of singles. Had Samit Patel picked up cleanly and thrown well, Amla might well have been run-out. It was to prove an expensive blunder.

Stat of the day 1
During the course of his career-best ODI score, Amla became the fastest man to reach 3,000 ODI runs. To put his achievement in perspective, Amla reached the milestone in just his 57th innings, while the previous fastest batsman, Sir Viv Richards, took 69 innings. To beat Richards by any margin - let alone such a vast one - is testament to Amla's remarkable quality, consistency and adaptability.

Catch of the day
Dean Elgar's diving catch, running back at fine leg and clinging on to a tough chance with his left hand, dismissed Jonathan Trott and drove a nail into the coffin of England's hopes. Trott and Ian Bell had added 64 in 69 balls to keep England's hopes alive, only for Trott to paddle a delivery from Morne Morkel towards fine leg. Initially it appeared as if Elgar, running in too far, has misjudged the catch and allowed the ball to pass well over his head. Instead, however, Elgar kept his eye on the ball, leapt to catch it with his favoured left hand and cushioned his landing with his right. While Elgar failed to show the ability with the bat that led to his selection, he proved his athleticism and skill in the field.

Drop of the day
With Matt Prior and Jonny Bairstow both pressing for his place, this was a bad day for Kieswetter to have a bad day. After a series of much-improved performances behind the stumps, though, Kieswetter endured a highly disappointing display with the gloves. Not only did he drop three chances, but he oversaw England's poor utilisation of the DRS - the wicketkeeper is the one man in ODI cricket in the perfect place to make the call about which decisions to review - and failed to make amends with the bat. His most costly drop came when Amla was on 42 and he offered a routine outside edge off the left-arm spin of Patel only for Kieswetter, rising too early behind the stumps, missed the chance.

Move of the day
It summed up the first 10 overs of the match - a period when England's bowlers looked capable of taking a wicket every few deliveries - when Graeme Smith edged a delivery from Tim Bresnan through the vacant second slip position. It was the second delivery of the ninth over and the first delivery of the match for which England had not had two slips. But is that poor fortune for England or, bearing in mind the run of play, poor captaincy?

Stat of the day 2
Since the start of the World Cup in 2011, de Villiers is averaging 107 in ODI cricket. In this game he also passed 5,000 ODI runs in fewer innings (124) than anyone in history except Sir Viv Richards (114), Brian Lara (118) and Gordon Greenidge (121). Which all makes it a bit surprising that he came in behind Dean Elgar, who was playing his first ODI innings.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Hashim Amla is a Great cricketer of this decade , inshallah he will break all the records ............

  • POSTED BY 7436 on | August 30, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Dobell does it again. To read this you'd think that but for a handful of silly mistakes England would have thumped SA. Just can't bring himself to offer SA anything but faint, qualified, praise! Same throughout the series. Just can't do it, George, can you?!

  • POSTED BY FourSomeFearSome on | August 29, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    @Muski, Dear Sir Muski, Shahid afridi has far better strike rate than Sehwag in both ODI and Test, Sir Sambit Bal did not honour Afridi with his writing ? What is his point anyways ? Comparing a batsman like sehwag with Viv certainly demands an appointment with a brain doctor. I just could not understand the essence of that article. I agree, yes, Hashim amla's record is only statistics. However, I would like to point out that in old times, we did not have power plays. Also, we do not have ordinary bowlers like we have today. In that era, every team has good bowling attack, I guess the most mediocre attack was of england headed by Ian Bothom, then new zealand headed by richard hadlee, India, headed by Kapil dev, Pakistan headed by sarfaraz, then imran khan and wasim akram, and the most lethal of them was of australians with Dennis Lille and Jeff thomson. Viv,s domestic circuit has fearsome attacks that he faced. You can check his first class records.

  • POSTED BY mrmonty on | August 29, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Fascination with the past is fine, but it need not mythologized. I look at Viv's stats and see he had Test avg in lower 40s against the best bowling teams of his era (Australia and Pakistan). But, I figure you beat the Poms to a pulp (avg in mid 60s) and they will knight you. And, don't get me started it is not about stats. If swagger was the only thing that mattered then Gibbs and Kambli would be the best batsmen of all ages. In comparison, Amla has done well against England/Aus/India, the best oppositions of his generation.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    I'm not sure why there is some banter about Hash's heritage, but for the record his grandparents came from Gujarat in India rather than his parents whom I believe are, like him, South African born.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Sir Viv is one of them all time greats. Amla is great in this era & may be one day he also become an all time great. he is a fantastic player to watch. he broke the record doesn't mean the greatness taken away from Sir Viv. so stop being jealous. i guess even Sir Viv also happy to see a very classy batsman like Hashim Amla. wish for Amla. good day for cricket

  • POSTED BY Agila on | August 29, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Viv and Amla played in different eras. While both are good , we cant draw comparison because their approach to game is so very different.

  • POSTED BY venkat90 on | August 29, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    @Zain Khan: I guess you don't know that Amla's parents are both from India. Ha!

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Hashim is a superb bat. He deserves all the praise.

  • POSTED BY tommytucker on | August 29, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    ALL BOW TO SIR AMLA. We salute you Hashim, you make all south africans proud. Keeping going!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Hashim Amla is a Great cricketer of this decade , inshallah he will break all the records ............

  • POSTED BY 7436 on | August 30, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Dobell does it again. To read this you'd think that but for a handful of silly mistakes England would have thumped SA. Just can't bring himself to offer SA anything but faint, qualified, praise! Same throughout the series. Just can't do it, George, can you?!

  • POSTED BY FourSomeFearSome on | August 29, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    @Muski, Dear Sir Muski, Shahid afridi has far better strike rate than Sehwag in both ODI and Test, Sir Sambit Bal did not honour Afridi with his writing ? What is his point anyways ? Comparing a batsman like sehwag with Viv certainly demands an appointment with a brain doctor. I just could not understand the essence of that article. I agree, yes, Hashim amla's record is only statistics. However, I would like to point out that in old times, we did not have power plays. Also, we do not have ordinary bowlers like we have today. In that era, every team has good bowling attack, I guess the most mediocre attack was of england headed by Ian Bothom, then new zealand headed by richard hadlee, India, headed by Kapil dev, Pakistan headed by sarfaraz, then imran khan and wasim akram, and the most lethal of them was of australians with Dennis Lille and Jeff thomson. Viv,s domestic circuit has fearsome attacks that he faced. You can check his first class records.

  • POSTED BY mrmonty on | August 29, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Fascination with the past is fine, but it need not mythologized. I look at Viv's stats and see he had Test avg in lower 40s against the best bowling teams of his era (Australia and Pakistan). But, I figure you beat the Poms to a pulp (avg in mid 60s) and they will knight you. And, don't get me started it is not about stats. If swagger was the only thing that mattered then Gibbs and Kambli would be the best batsmen of all ages. In comparison, Amla has done well against England/Aus/India, the best oppositions of his generation.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    I'm not sure why there is some banter about Hash's heritage, but for the record his grandparents came from Gujarat in India rather than his parents whom I believe are, like him, South African born.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Sir Viv is one of them all time greats. Amla is great in this era & may be one day he also become an all time great. he is a fantastic player to watch. he broke the record doesn't mean the greatness taken away from Sir Viv. so stop being jealous. i guess even Sir Viv also happy to see a very classy batsman like Hashim Amla. wish for Amla. good day for cricket

  • POSTED BY Agila on | August 29, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Viv and Amla played in different eras. While both are good , we cant draw comparison because their approach to game is so very different.

  • POSTED BY venkat90 on | August 29, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    @Zain Khan: I guess you don't know that Amla's parents are both from India. Ha!

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Hashim is a superb bat. He deserves all the praise.

  • POSTED BY tommytucker on | August 29, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    ALL BOW TO SIR AMLA. We salute you Hashim, you make all south africans proud. Keeping going!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Congrats to Amla. People should feel happy that the likes of Kallis, Amla are playing Cricket in current times. Their presence makes Cricket exciting to watch and follow. So, try to appreciate talent, regardless of nationality etc. Cheers.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Congrats to Amla. He has been in exceptional form in ODI and test format in recent year. What I admire most about him is that, he is someone you can always count on to perform when the going gets tough. He has also proved a lot of people wrong, who stated earlier that Amla would not succeed in ODI format. Anyway, some people will always find excuses when an individual does well. But who cares about the opinions of individuals who will most likely end up doing nothing significant with their live, except criticizing others. All the best to Kallis and Amla.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    No doubt Amla has been quite splendid, but cannot compare the stats because that generations limited over cricket was completely different.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | August 29, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    AMLA IS DEFINITELY TURNING OUT TO BECOME A MODERN GREAT .

  • POSTED BY Romanticstud on | August 29, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    So Amla has 57 Inninngs to get 2000 runs to beat Sir Viv again ... what about Sir Hashim ... Imagine too had we had been able to play international cricket in the 70s and 80s ... Greame Pollock would sure have challanged that mark ... What about Barry Richards too and maybe Clive Rice ... Jimmy Cook ... Henry Fotheringham ...

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    @Muski, jealous much, lol. Amla's record is there for everyone to see. Unlike your Indian batsman's, Amla has scored runs everywhere and against every opposition. The stats also indicates that he has been the best batsman in the since 2006. I guess you have been more comfortable if Amla was an Indian batsman and belonged to a particular community right. Anyway, kudos to Amla and SA. SA seems to be the best team in world cricket right now.

  • POSTED BY Snehaa on | August 29, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Yeah, combine 10 overs of batting powerplay in the middle overs and Viv Richards in the middle order- we know how that would have turned out

  • POSTED BY strudi74 on | August 29, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    It's crazy to be harping on about how good Sir Viv was, although he undeniably was awesomely good. The article is about a current batsman bettering a record that was held by a previous great. Can't we just celebrate the fact that this guy is one of the greats of the modern game and that records are there to be broken? Sir Viv was playing under conditions available to him, Hash is doing exactly the same, there is no point making the comparison because we'll never know how Sir Viv would have fared today. Congrats on a great innings HA, keep them coming!

  • POSTED BY sivy_man on | August 29, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Amla has proven to be one of the best batsman in this modern era. To average over 50 in both ODIs and Test matches in no meant feat. @Muski, amla has played less number of matched than vis richards yet scored more runs than what he did in the same number of matches, that is quite phenomenal and true cricket fans all around the world would appreciate that

  • POSTED BY Highflyer_GP on | August 29, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    @muski: Because SA doesn't play a lot of cricket, genius.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    @muski - gimme a break. Scoring 3000 runs in 57 innings is bloody brilliant. Stop being a sour face and just admit it.

  • POSTED BY Shafaet_001 on | August 29, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    No one telling that amla is better than viv, but its a fact that he demolished on of his records by a great margin,thats all!

  • POSTED BY muski on | August 29, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Oh come on- Dont keep boasting about Amla. If he is so talented why has he played only 57 ODI's and not more. Its like comparing the bloke who played only one Test and scored a Hundred and hence has an average more than Sir Don. @Foursomefearsome- Sambit is not entirely wrong- For Viru to be still scoring at better stirke rate than Sir Viv in ODI's and Tests and to have a similar average( iam sure that they are not too different) is not a mean task.

  • POSTED BY VivtheGreatest on | August 29, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Amla is a great batsman no doubt but if Viv had faced the so called bowlers of this era ,the destruction would have been unimaginable!! And comparing Sehwag to Viv is ridiculous to say the least. If Sambit Bal had written an article like that he needs his head examined

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | August 29, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Many a times DRS is used based on 'who', not on 'what'. The captain is influenced by the personality of the batsman/bowler. Samit Patel is not considered as an important member of the English squad.

  • POSTED BY akpy on | August 29, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    what a bloke hashim is..huge talent and immensely modest...though he has rightly admitted his good luck on this tour so far, as in another tour, he could have been dismissed by any one of those early chances england let go or that close inside edge actually hitting the stumps and it all looks different..this is the beauty of this game though and amla is not to be blamed, infact praised as he does not let that affect his game/concentration and motors on to make a significant score for his team..

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Compare players of current era, not with the past era. In ODI's today there is a cushion of batting powerplays, was not there in the previous era's.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Sir Vivian may have reached their more quickly if he had more time to bat in ODis - remember, he would go in after Greenidge, Fredericks or Haynes was out...

  • POSTED BY SriniSwami on | August 29, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    I am a big fan of AB.D and it is sorry to see hime come at 5 in ODI's. He should bat at 3/4 notwithstanding the need to stabilize the middle order. Let JPD do that role.

  • POSTED BY Paulk on | August 29, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    Rceords are meant to be broken, even Sir Viv's - my all time favorite batsman. In this case The Mighty Hash did not just break his record, he obliterated it.

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | August 28, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    FourSomeFearSome: Calm down dear, it's a fact - Amla got there faster than anyone, including Viv. And if you look at his average over the last few years you'll realise that he is far ahead of his contemporaries. Relax, it's just cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    @foursomefearsome: I don't think for one moment the author is comparing Amla to Viv in any way other than to flag up the 3000 runmilestone chievement, which is unrefutably true. From a statistical point of view Amla's current record compares well with any player in any era, all other comparisons between players of other eras are subjective. Rest assured Sir Viv's reputation is intact and as Amla himself said it in the after match interview "even to be mentioned in the same breath as Viv Richards is an honour" (or something along those lines). However in the current generation and at this point in time he is up there with the best and deserved of all the praise, plaudits and comparisons that come his way.

  • POSTED BY naphy23 on | August 28, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    @FourSomeFearSome

    First of all, fastest to 3000 is not a comparison, it's a stat. A comparison is unnecessary because there is none, Amla beats everyone to it. The Viv mention only came because the record was his. If the record had belonged to Duffy Duck, Viv wouldn't be in the article because this is all about Alma.

  • POSTED BY thalalara on | August 28, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Oh its a remarkable achievement by HA, congrats!!! lets stop here!!! not to be compared with Viv on the other aspects of the game. In today's context of the ODI, Viv would have reached 3K mark @ an average of 70 Runs per innings!!!

    Comparing Viv with Sehwag is clearly an immature understanding of the game, even Sehwag's will agree to it!!!

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | August 28, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    SA has always produced great batsman - look at BARRY RICHARDS and GRAEME POLLOCK - there are others and now AMLA

  • POSTED BY FourSomeFearSome on | August 28, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    So, you had to write "Faster than Viv." ?????? If Amla, no doubt is a great player can achieve 3/4th of Viv, his life is worth as a batsman. Till then, no comparison with Viv. I still remember Sambit Bal came up with a stupid article "Sehwag is more destructive than Viv." What you do not tell that Viv was far ahead of his contemporaries whereas these players are not and that is the huge difference. Other than than Viv faced bowlers that these paper cricketers can only dream of.

    Anyways, please be careful when you draw such comparisons. Thanks for the report.

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | August 28, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    I was also frustrated to see ABDV come in so late, I want to see the best players in every team (KP, Sehwag, Gayle etc) get a decent chance in the middle and it's madness for him to come in so late. Perhaps when Albie Morkel comes back and there is more finishing power in the lower order he won't feel the need to keep himself for the latter stages.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Whenever a player takes a record from the great sir Viv, you know you have a modern legend on your hands. Amla is on course to become our best allround batsman since 1992, and who knows, he might end up our best ever in due course!!!

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | August 28, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Drop of the day - comments re Kieswetter strongly suggest that Dobell is someone who at best has never played the game with any degree of skill and at worst an armchair critic. Keeping is the most challenging role in the team and the keeper is the one person who must be switched on for every single ball of fielding team's innings. 'Keeper is perfectly placed to make decisions about the review'??? Err.. what about the bowler who is front of the wicket and can see the line of ball as opposed to the keeper whose view is blocked by the batsman. 'Failed to make amends with the bat' there were 10 other batsman and what about the bowlers who failed to bowl SA out or keep the RR in check. Sounds like Dobell's got an agenda.

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  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | August 28, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Drop of the day - comments re Kieswetter strongly suggest that Dobell is someone who at best has never played the game with any degree of skill and at worst an armchair critic. Keeping is the most challenging role in the team and the keeper is the one person who must be switched on for every single ball of fielding team's innings. 'Keeper is perfectly placed to make decisions about the review'??? Err.. what about the bowler who is front of the wicket and can see the line of ball as opposed to the keeper whose view is blocked by the batsman. 'Failed to make amends with the bat' there were 10 other batsman and what about the bowlers who failed to bowl SA out or keep the RR in check. Sounds like Dobell's got an agenda.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Whenever a player takes a record from the great sir Viv, you know you have a modern legend on your hands. Amla is on course to become our best allround batsman since 1992, and who knows, he might end up our best ever in due course!!!

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | August 28, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    I was also frustrated to see ABDV come in so late, I want to see the best players in every team (KP, Sehwag, Gayle etc) get a decent chance in the middle and it's madness for him to come in so late. Perhaps when Albie Morkel comes back and there is more finishing power in the lower order he won't feel the need to keep himself for the latter stages.

  • POSTED BY FourSomeFearSome on | August 28, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    So, you had to write "Faster than Viv." ?????? If Amla, no doubt is a great player can achieve 3/4th of Viv, his life is worth as a batsman. Till then, no comparison with Viv. I still remember Sambit Bal came up with a stupid article "Sehwag is more destructive than Viv." What you do not tell that Viv was far ahead of his contemporaries whereas these players are not and that is the huge difference. Other than than Viv faced bowlers that these paper cricketers can only dream of.

    Anyways, please be careful when you draw such comparisons. Thanks for the report.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | August 28, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    SA has always produced great batsman - look at BARRY RICHARDS and GRAEME POLLOCK - there are others and now AMLA

  • POSTED BY thalalara on | August 28, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Oh its a remarkable achievement by HA, congrats!!! lets stop here!!! not to be compared with Viv on the other aspects of the game. In today's context of the ODI, Viv would have reached 3K mark @ an average of 70 Runs per innings!!!

    Comparing Viv with Sehwag is clearly an immature understanding of the game, even Sehwag's will agree to it!!!

  • POSTED BY naphy23 on | August 28, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    @FourSomeFearSome

    First of all, fastest to 3000 is not a comparison, it's a stat. A comparison is unnecessary because there is none, Amla beats everyone to it. The Viv mention only came because the record was his. If the record had belonged to Duffy Duck, Viv wouldn't be in the article because this is all about Alma.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    @foursomefearsome: I don't think for one moment the author is comparing Amla to Viv in any way other than to flag up the 3000 runmilestone chievement, which is unrefutably true. From a statistical point of view Amla's current record compares well with any player in any era, all other comparisons between players of other eras are subjective. Rest assured Sir Viv's reputation is intact and as Amla himself said it in the after match interview "even to be mentioned in the same breath as Viv Richards is an honour" (or something along those lines). However in the current generation and at this point in time he is up there with the best and deserved of all the praise, plaudits and comparisons that come his way.

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | August 28, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    FourSomeFearSome: Calm down dear, it's a fact - Amla got there faster than anyone, including Viv. And if you look at his average over the last few years you'll realise that he is far ahead of his contemporaries. Relax, it's just cricket.

  • POSTED BY Paulk on | August 29, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    Rceords are meant to be broken, even Sir Viv's - my all time favorite batsman. In this case The Mighty Hash did not just break his record, he obliterated it.