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Wed Apr 23 12:25:30 SAST 2014

Amla sees the funny side of Aussie underhand tactics

TELFORD VICE in Melbourne | 15 November, 2012 06:250 Comments
Australia v South Africa - First Test: Day 5
Peter Siddle of Australia has words with Hashim Amla of South Africa during day five of the First Test match between Australia and South Africa at The Gabba on November 13, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia
Image by: Ryan Pierse / Getty Images

DID the Australians get inside Hashim Amla's head at the Gabba, as the "secret dossier" that hit the headlines before the first Test claimed they would try to do?

No, says Amla, but they did tickle his funny bone - particularly with their reaction to umpire Asad Rauf's decision that he had not edged a delivery from Peter Siddle during South Africa's second innings on Tuesday.

"I actually found it quite humorous," Amla said.

"Obviously the guys were a bit pumped up thinking that I'd nicked the ball.

"I guess it is funny when guys get emotional when there's no real need to, but it's part of the game."

In the mad moments after Rauf turned down the appeal - where replays were inconclusive - Siddle advanced towards the unshakeable Amla, bared his teeth and let fly a verbal volley apparently laced with enough latent violence to prompt Rauf to have a word with the bowler.

Amla's eyes flashed with the recognition that he was under attack, but that was his only response.

David Warner, meanwhile, vented his rage impotently by jumping up and down on the spot like a demented cartoon character.

Did Amla feel the Australians' temper tantrum had veered into unsavoury territory?

"It's not for me to say; the umpires are the guys who make the call. I found it funny and just enjoyed the moment."

What with Amla scoring 104 in the first innings and a patient 38 in the second dig, the Australians' alleged plan to sledge him out of the game clearly failed.

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