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UK Guardian newspaper calls Hashim Amla the ‘London buses’ and part of ‘terror trio’ [pic]
Posted by on Aug 3rd, 2012

Dunno if it’s just me, but i got some weird vibes from an article in the Guardian yesterday where they mention SA batsman, Hashim Amla and make a reference to him being  ‘London Buses’. The writer follows that up with saying that Amla along with Smith and Kallis are the ‘terror trio’.

Fair enough on the terror trio part since they have really been terrorising (in a sporting sense) the English bowling attack, but what’s the deal with calling Amla ‘London Buses’?

Is he making a reference to the London terrorist bus bombings on July 7 2005? I hope not coz that would be in very poor taste. Or am i missing an insider joke here?

I’m by no means accusing the writer of being racist, but i’m not gonna lie…that reference or what ever you call the part in brackets seems very odd and made me a tad uncomfortable.

Anyone else feel that way or is just me seeing dumb sh*t again?

[thanks K]

UPDATE: writer Mike Selvey has responded and explained that it was a reference to ‘waiting ages for a London bus and then two come along at once’. 

So yes that is the sound of me eating my own foot, but i did warn you that it’s probably just me seeing things again!

James M says:
August 08, 2012 at 10:18 am

Optimistic James is optimistic. I think you are seeing things here. I think it is more likely that he was referring to Amla’s 300-odd innings to that of the state of London traffic. ie. Holding fast and not moving 😉

Savage says:
August 08, 2012 at 10:18 am

Ya..that definitely the only other way it could be interpreted. On its own it would seem rather benign but in conjunction with that ‘terror trio’ it all seems a bit unsavoury

Bruce says:
August 08, 2012 at 10:18 am

Hey Savage,

I see where you coming from, but I reckon it’s an innocent comment. Could be taken in a couple of ways (maybe Im totally off the mark with this), but it could be taken in the way that he was run-out by turning to slowly before the 3rd run. He did turn ridiculously slowly, kind of like a London Bus some might say :-). People always make reference to “turning like the Titanic” – maybe this would have been a better reference in the circumstances.

Another way is, as in football, when teams “park the bus” so other teams cant get through. Maybe they trying to say theres just no way through Amla after him scoring 311. I agree with you in terms of it wasnt an obvious joke though.

Again, I could be totally wrong on this – but Id give him the benefit of the doubt.

Savage says:
August 08, 2012 at 10:18 am

Also giving the benefit of the doubt..hence me saying that it’s probably just me seeing dumb sh*t with some influence from the person who sent it in

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