Cricket: South Africa aim to end Sri Lanka series jinx

COLOMBO, July 22, 2014 (AFP) – An upbeat South Africa will look to carry their winning momentum in the second Test against Sri Lanka beginning on Thursday, and break a 21-year-old jinx on the island. The Proteas, the current world number two, have not won a Test series in Sri Lanka since 1993 when they first toured the country and beat the hosts 1-0.

On their next three tours, they won one Test while losing two series and drawing one.

But a new dawn seems to be beckoning for the visitors after they won the first Test in Galle on Sunday by 153 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series, and hand Hashim Amla a winning start to his captaincy.

“Not many teams have come here and won a Test series so it’s obviously on the back of our minds,” said Amla, the first non-white player to lead South Africa in a full-time capacity.

Amla, 31, was named captain last month following the retirement of Graeme Smith who led the Proteas in a record 109 Tests.

Amla’s debut leadership was unconventional and daring, evident in the way he declared the innings at tea on the fourth day rather than take the safer option of batting out the last session.

It meant the hosts needed to score 370 ru