Amla: England and Proteas are similar


Ahead of the upcoming four-match Test series between the sides, South Africa captain Hashim Amla feels both teams are very evenly matched and is looking forward to a tough series at home.

The Proteas and England have had an up and down last few months in the longest format of the game, with the Three Lions beating Australia to regain the Ashes urn before going down two-nil in a three-match series to Pakistan in the UAE.

South Africa lost their nine-year unbeaten record Test seriesaway from home when they recently lost three-nil in a four-match series way to India on spinning pitches.

Both sides though will feel more at home on surfaces that will suit their teams as they will be more familiar with condidtions, and Amla is expecting a tight contest.

Amla told reporters: "When you look at the England team I feel that they are a pretty well-balanced team. They've had some success against Australia but they didn't do too well against Pakistan but they've kept a very similar team.

"There stability is one of their strengths. Alastair Cook is one of the premier opening batsmen in the world, he's done exceptionally well, and Joe Root has scored some runs in the middle.

"Jimmy Anderson is one of the leading seamers in the world so they have a balanced team and in many ways I think it mirrors our team in terms of balance."

The first Test between South Africa and England starts on Boxing Day in Durban.