In 1990, in the Lord’s Test against India, the then England captain scored 333. Amla’s tour de force 311 not out featured in stands of 259 with his captain Graeme Smith and then an unbroken 377 with Jacques Kallis (182no) in the tourists’ monumental 637 for two declared.
Gooch said Amla deserves the plaudits for his outstanding innings. “I thought it was a wonderful effort,” he said.
“To score runs you need a great attitude, a good technique, good knowledge and above all spot-on concentration. “I think he showed all four things. He’s got a good range of shot, and a great temperament.”