Amla: There are no freebies in Test cricket

South Africa captain Hashim Amla wants the Proteas to end their tour to India with a win in the fourth and final Test, starting in Delhi on Thursday, even though the series has already been lost.

The Proteas, who beat the hosts two-nil in the three T20s and won the five-match ODI series three-two, have come unstuck in the longest format on turning pitches.

The tourists lost the first Test in Mohali by 108 runs and also came second best in the third game of the series in Nagpur, by 124 runs, while the second match in Bangalore was drawn after four days was rained out.

South Africa have an important Test series against England at home to look forward to, starting on Boxing Day, and Amla is keen for the Proteas to take momentum those games.  

Amla said: "We have the England series coming up very close, so it is very important for us to get back to the winning ways. Every Test match is very important; there are no freebies in Test cricket.

"Every match you play for your country, you want to win it. It is very important for us to take it to two-one and salvage some pride in the series.

"We had a successful T20I and ODI series and it would be nice to cap off the tour with a win in the final Test. The team's preparation has been very good.

"Whatever happened in the last match (in Nagpur) will not leave any tattoos on the team. It was a difficult Test match, for India as well as for us. Going into this match, we have tried to prepare as best as we can."