A learning experience for Amla and his boys

The visiting captain Hashim Amla said that despite the series loss the tour was a learning experience for his batsmen, who got a taste of playing on spin-friendly tracks.

South African captain Hashim Amla wants to end the series with a win.   -  PTI

On the eve of the fourth and final Test between India and South Africa at the Ferozeshah Kotla here, visiting captain Hashim Amla said that despite the series loss the tour was a learning experience for his batsmen, who got a taste of playing on spin-friendly tracks.

“It is a lovely challenge. It is very exciting facing good bowlers on a difficult pitch,” Amla said in the pre-match press conference.

While refusing to comment on the International Cricket Council (ICC) terming the Nagpur pitch 'poor', Amla said, “We have been here many times, but it has been very challenging this time. The scores have been very low and so the Tests have finished inside three days. But it has been exciting three days.”

Amla said it was too tough to survive on pitches favouring the spinners. “The thing with wickets like this is that you are never quite in. You can scratch around to make some runs but you will get a very good ball that will get you out. The guys will take a lot of experience out of it. That is the beauty of travelling overseas and playing in difficult conditions.”

The South African skipper said his team would like to win the last Test and redeem some pride. “We have the England series coming up, so it is very important for us to get back to the winning ways. Every Test match is very important. There are no freebies in Test cricket. Every match you play for your country, you want to win it. It is very important for us to take it to 2-1 and salvage some pride in the series,” he said.