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AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla enter Test cricket’s elite club

AB de Villiers scored his 8000th run in his 172nd innings while Hashim Amla scored his 7000th run in his 152nd innings.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 4, 2016 5:20:05 pm
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South Africa batsmen AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla have joined the elite 8000 and 7000-run clubs in Tests respectively.

De Villiers scored his 8000th Test run during the second Test against England in Cape Town. South Africa captain Amla also reached his milestone in the same Test. Both the batsmen batting together with Amla scoring his 24th Test hundred. He also became the South Africa fastest batsman, in 152 innings, to reach the 24-hundred mark bettering Jacques Kallis record of 164.

De Villiers is the second fastest to 8000 Test runs for South Africa after Kallis who took 170 innings to reach the milestone. AB took 172 innings for the same.

For his 7000 runs, Amla took 152 innings, four more than Graeme Smith who is the quickest to reach the mark for South Africa. Kallis and AB are second and third in the list, both with 151 innings.

De Villiers has played 104 Tests so far and scored runs at average of 51.29. He also has 21 centuries and 58 half-centuries. Amla is playing his 90th Test and has an average just a shade less than that of De Villiers at 50.05.

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