London — What does it tell someone who once batted for more than 13 hours against one of the best attacks in the game that he cannot stay at the crease for not quite 35 balls in any of six innings facing some of the most ordinary bowling he would have seen in his almost 19 years as a senior player? That he is in a slump? That he is past it? That we cannot compare the seriousness of batting in a Test with the silliness of taking guard in a slew of T20s? Whatever: welcome to Hashim Amla’s current reality. Those 13 hours comprise the innings of his life — the undefeated 311 he made at The Oval in July 2012 is still the only triple century scored for SA. This is a far cry from the 72 runs Amla has scraped together for the Barbados Tridents in the 2018 Caribbean Premier League (CPL). If there is anything we can glean from all that, it is that playing in the CPL is not helping Amla emerge from the doldrums of not having scored a century in his last 34 innings. His best effort for the Trid...

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