Amla looking for positive end to India tour


Hashim Amla is keen to put South Africa's dismal display in the opening three Tests against India to one side as they prepare for the final match of the series in Delhi.

The Proteas - the top-ranked Test team - have only scored more than 200 runs once in the five innings so far, and their defeat inside three days in Nagpur gave India an unassailable 2-0 lead.

The pitches have come under scrutiny so far in the series with the Nagpur track being investigated by the International Cricket Council after being rated as "poor".

Another spin-friendly surface is expected in Delhi, giving Amla's side one final opportunity to prove themselves in difficult conditions.

South Africa's captain - who needs 140 more runs to reach 7,000 in Test cricket - is not concerned about the state of the wicket, though, and is instead more interested in finishing the tour on a high ahead of England's visit later this year.

"I had a look in at the wicket yesterday, it looked good. But wickets can change overnight," he said. "We tried to prepare for the series as best as possible.

"Unfortunately the results haven't justified it."

The state of the pitch is something Virat Kohli is not interested in discussing, the Indian skipper believing his side have not received the credit they deserve for steamrollering the world's best Test team, who will once again be without premier strike bowler Dale Steyn due to a groin injury.

"I don't want to talk too much about the pitch," Kohli said. "Because there has already been a lot of talk about it.

"I don't think anyone has written articles about the Adelaide Test [between Australia and New Zealand], which finished in two-and-a-half days. So I don't see anything wrong with any kind of wicket that we play on.

"Why are we not sitting here and talking about the fact that we are 2-0 up in the series. I think we should appreciate what the team has done and move forward in the same direction."

Ravichandran Ashwin in particular has shone with the ball, claiming 24 wickets in the opening three matches at an average of 10.75, including match figures of 12-98 in the last Test.

Should the off-spinner continue his sensational 2015 in Delhi he could become the first Indian bowler to take seven five-wicket hauls in a calendar year.