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Old September 20, 2012, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by simon
Amla scored a brilliant fifty today (in advance)
That'd be his very first in T20Is, he'd have played 11 after tonight's match, and I'm looking forward to the occasion. Although he has done just a little bit better in outside the international arena with three 50s in 40 matches, he's simply too great a batsman not be as awesome in T20Is sooner rather than later.

He wants to improve in the shortest format.

Amla keen to master Twenty20 cricket
Hashim Amla is yet to translate his success in Tests and ODIs to T20s. But in current form, that may not be far away
Andrew Fernando

Given Hashim Amla's colossal recent form, finding a weakness in his game seems a frivolous exercise. Beyond the mountain of runs, a Test average breaching 65 over the last three years and an ODI average touching 60, he has a gift for playing innings notable as much for their impact as their heft. Amla's reputation as classy, but slow delayed his introduction to limited-overs cricket, but when he arrived in ODIs, his success was almost immediate.

The only format in which he can't claim to be among the best in the world is Twenty20. He has played 10 innings, all as an opener, to score 198 runs at an average of 22 and is yet to record a half-century.

It is not that his cricket is unsuited to the shortest format - he has developed a mindset and ability to score off almost any ball, and few errant deliveries escape the swing of his blade - but for the moment, there is something preventing his success in Twenty20s.

Perhaps he has not yet warmed to the format; a problem not helped by the infrequency of matches. He was less than prolific in his first 34 Tests too, averaging in the low 40s before three centuries in two Tests against India in 2010 burst the dam and heralded the torrent. There has been a concerted effort to tune his game to the ODI format as well, and that has brought spectacular results. Maybe that mental switch has not yet been flipped in Twenty20, and those technical adjustments remain unmade.

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