Centurion Amla: I needed to score runs

There was a sense of relief rather than pride for South Africa star Hashim Amla after he marked his 100th Test with a century against Sri Lanka.

After almost a year without a ton and an average of 24.25 in the series before Thursday, Amla returned to form with an unbeaten 125 on day one of the third Test.

Amla became just the eighth player to score a hundred in his 100th Test but the 33-year-old was just happy to be back among the runs as the Proteas reached 338-3 at stumps.

"I wanted to have a quiet build up to this game," he said.

"There was a bit of frustration that I have been not getting runs in the last couple of games and not contributing to the team's success.

"I wanted my focus as true as possible. No side attractions, no razzmatazz, I had a more important thing and that was to try and work on my game. I needed to score runs."

Amla, who survived a dropped catch, added: "When I first got in they bowled really well to us. As a right-hander it seemed like they got their lines better to us up front. But on this type of wicket, you're never in.

"The element of fortune is extremely important. When you get dropped, you think I am going to try and bat on but before I got dropped I didn't think let me get dropped so I can bat on."

Of JP Duminy and his 155, Amla continued: "With JP, what we've noticed is that when he's on song he's a beautiful player to watch. His judgement is great, his timing is immaculate and it's always a pleasure to bat with him.

"Everybody is happy that he's got 100. He's finding that consistency and he's doing really well."

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