Nov 28-Dec 2, 2004
A modest beginning
Hashim Amla was highly rated in South African circles when he made his Test debut, but the start to his international career was distinctly modest: against India in Kolkata
, he scores 24 and 2, and then adds only 36 more in his next four Test innings, at home against England. The result: no more Test cricket for the next 15 months.
Apr 27-May 1, 2006
Given another chance at Test cricket, Amla grabs it with both hands, scoring 149 against New Zealand in Cape Town
, his maiden Test century.
November 8-20, 2007
New Zealand conquered, again
After going 23 innings without a Test century, Amla takes advantage of yet another tour by New Zealand. This time he goes one better, scoring hundreds in successive Tests, including an unbeaten 176 in Johannesburg
March 9, 2008
Low-key ODI debut
Amla's first ODI series is a low-profile one, a bilateral one in Bangladesh. In two innings, he scores 9 not out and 16.
March 26-30, 2008
First overseas century
Back in the country where he made his Test debut, Amla makes it count, scoring 159 - his first overseas Test hundred - and 81 in a drawn Test in Chennai
July 10-14, 2008
On the Lord's honours board
In the second innings of his maiden appearance at a Lord's Test, Amla scores an unbeaten 104
which helps South Africa draw the Test after they'd been forced to follow on.
November 9, 2008
The first ODI century
Opening the innings against Bangladesh gives Amla an excellent opportunity to rack up a big score, and he grabs that chance, scoring 140
out of a team total of 358, as Bangladesh are trounced by 128 runs.
Dec 2008-Jan 2009
Consistent in Australia
In the three-Test series in Australia, Amla notches up four scores between 47 and 59, but is unable to kick on and make a major contribution. His innings at No.3 play a vital role, though, in South Africa clinching the series 2-1.
Stunning series in India
Amla continues his love affair with India with an outstanding series in 2010. In three Test innings, he notches up scores of 253 not out (Nagpur
), 114 and 123 not out (Kolkata
). The unbeaten 123 is an especially heroic one-man effort, but falls just short of saving the Test - the second-highest score in the innings is 23.
May 22-June 3, 2010
ODI bounty in the West Indies
In the five-match ODI series
, Amla scores 402 runs, including two hundreds, as South Africa blank West Indies 5-0.
Oct 29-Nov 8, 2010
Run-fest v Pakistan
Amla's superb ODI year continues, and this time Pakistan are at the receiving end as he scores two fifties and an unbeaten 119. South Africa edge the series
, played in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, 3-2. That also ends a stunning year in ODIs for Amla: in 15 innings he scores 1058 runs at an average of 75.57 and a strike rate of 104.23, with five hundreds and four fifties.
Twin hundreds v Australia
In four Test innings of a low-scoring series, Amla scores two hundreds
, including one in a successful fourth-innings run-chase in Cape Town. There's only one other century from either team in the series, from Graeme Smith.
January 11, 2012
Another ODI century
Amla's 112 against Sri Lanka in Paarl
- his ninth ODI hundred in only his 52nd innings - leads to an unexpectedly easy win. Sri Lanka, chasing 302, don't even manage half of Amla's score, folding up for 43.