333-famous Gooch happy for Amla's triple ton

Jul 24, 2012, 07:20 IST | Agencies

England batting coach Graham Gooch will be happy to congratulate South Africa's Hashim Amla on joining him as one of only six men to make a Test triple-century in this country.

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.

Hashim Amla

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.” 

Graham Gooch

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