After taking the lead in the ongoing 5-match ODI against Sri Lanka, South Africa lost the services of their experienced batsman Hashim Amla for the remainder of the series. The flamboyant batsman couldn’t concentrate on the game, as a close member of his family is suffering from medical illness.
After winning the three games on a trot, South Africa has called three experienced players back in the side. Hashim Amla is one of them, as they would like to test him ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the case for South Africa.
Hashim Amla has been released from the squad:
He has been released from the squad of the final two games on compassionate grounds. Amla will head back to his home in order to stay with his family during the tough times.
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) March 12, 2019
Hashim Amla, JP Duminy and Aiden Markram all returned to South Africa’s squad for the last two One Day Internationals against Sri Lanka as Cricket South Africa made changes with an eye on World Cup selection.
Now, the absence of Hashim Amla will help another youngster to give his audition for the grand event. It would have been a good thing for Amla if he played in the last couple of games in order to press his case for the prestigious event.
After the poor Test series, Hashim Amla, the 35-year-old has been rested for the first three ODI games. Despite his absence, South Africa won all the three games, courtesy Quinton de Kock’s scintillating form.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka also suffered a major setback during the 3rd ODI game. They lost the services of their key player Kusal Perera, who picked up a left hamstring. There is no official replacement for both the individual so far.
Faf du Plessis (captain), Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.