Amla aiming to be in the runs for Essex

SOUTH AFRICAN batsman Hashim Amla is aiming to be an instant hit at the County Ground as he began his Essex career yesterday on Tuesday. Amla, who was signed a short-term replacement for Danish Kaneria, after the popular leg-spinner was called up by Pakis

SOUTH AFRICAN batsman Hashim Amla is aiming to be an instant hit at the County Ground as he began his Essex career yesterday on Tuesday.

Amla, who was signed a short-term replacement for Danish Kaneria, after the popular leg-spinner was called up by Pakistan, was named in the side that is currently in action against Glamorgan.

Although he is only with Essex until the end of July, Amla is out to make an immediate impact.

"Hopefully, I can contribute to them by scoring runs, that would be the ideal situation," he said.


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"I only have about three games, but if I can get on a roll, then you can keep cashing in."

Amla, who has played 37 Test for South Africa since his debut in 2004, including the recent series in England during 2008, believes he is more than capable of adapting to the English county scene in such a short space of time.

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"I don't think it will be too difficult to adapt," he said, aware of the gruelling schedule ahead.

"Fortunately enough, I've been here with the national team for two-and-a-half months, so I have the experience of the country, grounds and wickets.

"I'll be drawing on that kind of experience to assist me.

"In many ways, it's a great opportunity for a batter.

"You get a lot of chances to bat, and it you get into a good roll, you can keep scoring runs, so that what I'm looking for."

Amla was also highly impressed with the atmosphere at Chelmsford, and despite only arriving in the country last week, already felt at home.

"It has been brilliant, very warm and the set-up is fantastic," he said.

"They have been very welcoming and made me feel very comfortable immediately, which is always important.

"I have always had ambitions to play county cricket, to come and ply my trade here and be successful.

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