I knew he'd do this and be in the elite company of batters he deserves to be in. He keeps himself amazingly fit and may play until he's 40 and beyond InshAllah. I expect more such epic scores from him throughout his career.
Hashim Amla became the first South Africa batsman to score a triple hundred as the visitors continued their remorseless progress at The Oval to take their lead to 252 before declaring during the tea interval. He and Jacques Kallis, who scored just his second Test hundred in England, took their third-wicket stand to an overwhelming 377, which was yet another record on a day full of landmarks.
Amla ticked off his individual achievements in a steady progression; first came the double, then the 250, then South Africa's highest individual score in Tests (overtaking AB de Villiers' 278 against Pakistan) then, from 515 deliveries, the rarefied atmosphere of 300.
There was a heart-in-mouth moment as he played the shot that took him to his triple as it burst through hands of a leaping cover fielder but was soon soaking in yet another standing ovation. He became just the second overseas batsman after Don Bradman (twice) and Bob Simpson to reach the mark in England.
His innings was a display of unyielding concentration and determination, yet he rarely lost his graceful touch until he became a little tense in the 290s. His driving continued to be the stand-out feature of the innings and even when England packed the off side he would calmly and carefully pierce the gaps with regularity.
"O people, we created you from the same male and female, and rendered you distinct peoples and tribes, that you may recognize one another. The best among you in the sight of GOD is the most righteous. GOD is Omniscient, Cognizant." (49:13)
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