Proteas star batsman Hashim Amla on Thursday (August 8) called time on one of the great international careers of the modern era when he announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket. He will continue to be available for domestic cricket as well as the Mzansi Super League.
In an international career that was spread over 15 years he played 349 matches across the three formats for the Proteas, making more than 18,000 runs, including 55 centuries and 88 other scores in excess of 50. The statistical highlights are almost too many to relate.
His ODI career was equally successful as he was ranked among the best batsmen in this format for an extended period of time for much of that period having an average in excess of 50 and a strike rate of 100 and has been the quickest batsman to reach the landmarks of 2 000, 3 000, 4 000, 5 000, 6 000 and 7 000 runs in the format. He also holds the SA record of 27 ODI centuries.