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Graeme Smith denies Amla batting record?
Posted by on Feb 7th, 2010

Ok..i’m so stirring the sh*t here, but does anyone else think South African cricket captain Graeme Smith could have let Hashim Amla bat another couple  overs to give him the opportunity to score another 24 runs and break the SA highest batting total?..currently held by Graeme Smith!


If you weren’t watching then let me sum things up quick. Test cricket. South Africa vs India. Day 2. Amla scores 253. Captain Graeme Smith declares.

Amla was 24 runs short of the SA batting record held by none other than Graeme Smith.

Was Amla batting too slowly and was the declaration in the teams best interest or was Smith being selfish?

What do you reckon?

February 02, 2010 at 9:48 pm

I’m almost positive that Graeme smith wouldn’t be selfish in that regard.. but then again, I don’t know the guy personally.

Personally, I would have let Amla go another few overs…

Sandy Dietrechsen says:
February 02, 2010 at 9:48 pm

I think Smithie is bloody selfish.

Marc says:
February 02, 2010 at 9:48 pm

One of the joys of being the captain – you can’t let the help try and steal your glory!

In all fairness though Amla was a little slow out of the blocks on Day 1. Kallis overtook him and I think by the time Jacques had 100 Amla was still drifting along in the late 30’s…

Big up to him though for making a great score.

Arnie says:
February 02, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Think Smith should’ve declared at the end of the day, so given them another 4 overs, saying that I don’t think the declaration was in any way malicious or selfish. SA definitely wanted to have a go at India with a new ball first thing on day 3, and they did pick up wickets, lots of them.

mole says:
February 02, 2010 at 9:48 pm

I really feel for Amla. I just wonder when Amla will have another opportunity to have a crack at the record, hopefully soon.

Its a pretty big accusation that Smith would be so vindictive, but in the same breath there have always been rumours that he and key player run the team.

The West Indies batted for four days to allow Brian Lara to reachhis record, while this is an important test in terms of rankings, would an hour extra batting time have really made that much difference. He should have been allowed to try and become the highest scorer in South African history.

Smith, you suck…

abdullah says:
February 02, 2010 at 9:48 pm

He is a racist in my view. He did the same thing today. Why did he did he wait for AB to get his century but could not give Amla more time?

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