(Video) Obstinate Hashim Amla still has most mesmerising of techniques

Hashim Amla

Ollie Phillips

Hashim Amla, now 38 years old, seemed to have lost nothing of his perfect technique as he and Ollie Pope batted out for a draw at the Oval on Wednesday. Playing Essex, the home side had been bowled out for just 161 after Essex put on a huge 439 all out thanks to a masterful 165 from Sir Alastair Cook. Surrey looked to be in huge trouble as the visitors enforced the follow on, but Pope's 27 not out and Amla's red-inked 34 rescued the fixture. Watching the South African great defiantly bat away the good balls, there is no wonder he accumulated over 9000 Test runs during a fabulous career.