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Stats: Hashim Amla completes 8000 runs in Test cricket

The 34-year-old became the 30th player in Test cricket to complete 8000 runs and the 4th player from South Africa.

Hashim Amla
South Africa’s Hashim Amla bats. (Photo by ANTHONY DEVLIN/AFP/Getty Images)

South African batsman Hashim Amla completed 8000 runs in Test cricket in the 2nd Test match against England at Nottingham. Amla, who walked out to bat while he was 8 runs away from the milestone after the fall of Dean Elgar’s wicket, completed the feat with a boundary behind the square on the on-side off Mark Wood when he was on 6 runs off 25 balls. The 34-year old became the 30th player in Test cricket to complete 8000 runs and the 4th player from South Africa.

Most runs in Test cricket by South Africans: (Including ICC World XI Test)

Player Matches Innings Not Outs Runs HS Average Hundreds Fifties
Jacques Kallis 166 280 40 13289 224 55.37 45 58
Graeme Smith 117 205 13 9265 277 48.25 27 38
AB de Villiers 106 176 16 8074 278* 50.46 21 39
Hashim Amla 105 178 15 8008 311* 49.12 26 32
Gary Kirsten 101 176 15 7289 275 45.27 21 34

 

Hashim Amla’s record at end of every Test milestone:

Matches Innings Not Outs Runs HS Average Balls faced S/R Hundreds Fifties Ducks Opposition Start Date
17 32 2 1005 176* 33.5 2287 43.9 3 5 4  New Zealand 16-Nov-2007
31 54 3 2054 176* 40.27 4174 49.2 6 10 5  Bangladesh 26-Nov-2008
42 73 5 3024 253* 44.47 6134 49.3 8 16 6  India 6-Feb-2010
52 92 7 4012 253* 47.2 7906 50.7 13 19 6  Australia 9-Nov-2011
63 109 9 5050 311* 50.5 9822 51.4 17 23 6  Australia 9-Nov-2012
74 128 10 6008 311* 50.91 11493 52.3 20 27 6  Australia 12-Feb-2014
90 152 13 7108 311* 51.13 14221 50 24 28 8  England 2-Jan-2016
105 178 15 8008 311* 49.12 15960 50.2 26 32 10  England 14-Jul-2017

 

However, Amla needed 178 innings to complete the milestone, the most among the four South African players who have completed 8000 Test runs. Only 11 of the 29 other players who completed 8000 runs in Tests have taken more innings than Amla’s 178 for the milestone.

Innings taken for 8000 Test runs by South African players:

Player Matches Innings
Jacques Kallis 101 170
Graeme Smith 104 172
AB de Villiers 99 173
Hashim Amla 105 178

 

He needed 109 and 128 innings to score 5000 and 6000 runs in Test cricket respectively and thus was the 2nd fastest and the joint-fastest South African to the milestone. But he needed 50 innings to crawl from 6000 to 8000 runs. Amla took 26 innings from 7000 to 8000 runs, the 2nd most he took between two milestone marks. He played 32 innings for completing his 1000 Test runs. He played 24 innings between 6000 and 7000 runs as well.

Innings taken for milestone runs by Hashim Amla:

Milestone Test innings No. Inns needed
1000 32 32
2000 54 18
3000 73 19
4000 92 19
5000 109 17
6000 128 19
7000 152 24
8000 178 26

 

(Stats as on July 14, 2017, at Lunch Break of ENG-SA 2nd Test)

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