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Tame Amla or lose series: Smith to India

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Published: Friday, December 24, 2010, 17:43 [IST]
 
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Tame Amla or lose series: Smith to India

South African captain Graeme Smith warned the visiting Indian team to find a way to tie down and fetter Hashim Amla or forget the chance of levelling the three-Test series in the second game starting in Durban on Sunday.

"It's going to be a huge moment for Hashim to play in his 50th Test but I know it will not unnerve him," Smith told a leading South Africa newspaper on Friday. "His discipline and ability to stay calm under pressure is exactly what makes him such a fantastic player," said Smith.

Smith also added that Amla was by far the best batsman in the world in 2010 in all forms of the game.

"I believe (Amla) will end his dream year with a bang. To have him in the team is an incredible privilege because he was, especially in 2010, at the forefront of our success. "He established himself as one of the leading players in the world," the captain said.

Amla scored 1,200 Test runs in 2010, while hit 1,058 in the one-day format and will play his 50th Test on Sunday.

Smith was insistent that South Africa were full of confidence after defeating India as the top team in the world with an innings and 25 runs at Centurion last week in the first Test.

"It's such a big advantage to win the first Test so convincingly, but India will come back strongly," said Smith.

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