It is (easy to motivate ourselves). Now the positive is you want to end the series on a good note. "All we can ask for is things to be consistent", said Amla, ahead of the final one-dayer on Friday.
The team's ability to start on an aggressive note and then fall in line with the changing nature of the wicket - one that kept getting slower and made batting hard - was in stark contrast to South Africa's absolute failure in sticking around. They have bowled well and it seems we took the first three games to adjust to them.
"We were optimistic the series was still there to be drawn". All the batters have certainly learnt a lot about themselves in terms of playing spinners. "But the ultimate priority is to win and we'll do anything we can to win", the Delhi batsman said.More news: Featured Stock to Focus: BP plc (NYSE:BP)
The Indian team opted not to train on Thursday, taking this pre-match day off, on what has been a long and hectic tour. The team management then replaced him with young Shreyas Iyer who had a few nervous moments at Port Elizabeth while fielding but these are early days for him.
Amla insisted that the performances from Chahal and Kuldeep have been the difference between the two teams. In England in May and June I don't believe that the ball will spin as much as we've seen here. India's record on this ground is excellent; the is the second game of this series which will be played on this field. The last game is scheduled on February 16 in Centurion. They still have issues to address, most notably with the middle-order.
The hosts will have one eye on the forthcoming series against Australia and that means some of the redlining fast bowlers, including Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel, will need to be given breathers. "Looking back I think it was the right decision", he said. Those of us batting in the top six have not managed to get big hundreds that are match-changing. We've controlled the back-end.More news: McDonald's nixes cheeseburger from Happy Meal as part of larger health push
The final ODI presents another opportunity for the likes of Rahane and Dhoni to make an impression. Even so, in Heinrich Klaasen, they have discovered a very competent replacement for Quinton de Kock, but there's been no stepping into Faf du Plessis's shoes.
"It happened to me but he is still young at worldwide cricket and this is a great opportunity for him to captain the senior national team".
Incoming batsman Shreyas Iyer (30) played a steady innings to keep the flow of runs going.More news: Metro Phoenix Chefs Are Semifinalists for James Beard Awards