London, Jul 23: South Africa's Hashim Amla Cricket became the first cricketer to score a triple ton, also registered the highest ever Test score for his country, as South Africa Cricket saluted the batsman for his double feat on Sunday.
Scorecard: 1st Test; SA Vs England, London
"This has been a sensational performance by our top order, but Hashim has to be singled out for first breaking AB de Villiers' record of 278 not out and then going on to join the 300 club," commented CSA acting CEO Jacques Faul after Amla scored his triple ton against England.
Though this is not the first time, Proteas have witnessed such a wonderful performance over the years, but an innings of 300 by Hashim Amla filled that void as it was missing in the South African top order's profile.
South Africa Cricket in a release congratulated the South African batsman for his contribution to the game of cricket and being a wonderful role model for the younger generation.
"Hashim's contribution to South African cricket has gone far beyond the runs he has put on the scoreboard. He remains a wonderful role model to our youth with the humility and dignity he displays on the field, his totally professional and focused approach on the field and the manner in which he conducts himself both on and off the field.
"To round it off we have had our captain, Graeme Smith, scoring a century on his 100th Test match appearance and our acknowledged batting champion, Jacques Kallis, making his 43th Test match century. Hashim and Jacques have also equalled the performance of Graeme and Herschelle Gibbs in sharing three treble century stands.
"The platform has now been set for the remainder of this Test match."