Good that focus is not on SA: Amla

London, May 23 (IANS) | Publish Date: 5/23/2019 1:12:46 PM IST

More than form, it was his experience that earned Hashim Amla a ticket to the upcoming World Cup and the South Africa batsman has said that he is hungry to show the world the pride he possesses in wearing the national team’s jersey.

“Things happen that you don’t anticipate and I did not anticipate how things have gone recently,” he told ICC and the media as the Proteas prepare for the World Cup in England and Wales.

“But I am a firm believer that when something happens, there is some good in it. I have had time away and now I am really looking back to wearing the green and gold again. I am hungrier than ever before, there is no doubt about that. 

“I have been blessed to have this shirt for a while but the time off has made me want to come back stronger. This is my third (ICC men’s World Cup) so I know what it is all about. I have a strong record in England and I have always enjoyed coming here.”

South Africa start the World Cup campaign against hosts England and Amla feels that it is the perfect setting as they go into the World Cup without the tag of ‘favourites’ for the first time in a while.


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