South Africa’s World Cup campaign looks set to be further hit by a huge injury blow as their veteran batsman Hashim Amla did not participate in practice on Saturday. Amla had to walk off the field during South Africa’s World Cup-opener earlier this week. The right-handed batsman was struck in the head by a 90mph ball from Jofra Archer.
The allrounder’s nasty rising delivery caught the Proteas opener into the grille. At first, it looked as though Amla was okay to continue. He also asked for a different hemet before walking off the field after the concussion tests. New laws allow teams to replace a player who has a concussion or a suspected concussion while tests are carried out. A player who has been struck on the head will undergo a five-minute on-field assessment and, if there are concerns, they will leave the pitch before a liason officer makes a decision on their replacement.
South Africa had gone on to lose the game by 104 runs. Asked to bat first, England had piled up 311 for 8 thanks to fifties from Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes. Quinton de Kock‘s 68 seemed to have South Africa in the hunt as they were comfortably placed at 129 for 2. However, once Liam Plunkett dismissed de Kock, South Africa lost three wickets for 15 runs. The Proteas were eventually all out for 207.
Amla, who walked out to bat later but managed to score just 12, is now doubtful for Sunday’s World Cup fixture against Bangladesh at The Oval. According to reports, Amla remained with team manager and doctor Mohammed Moosajee at the team’s London hotel on Saturday. The pair worked through post-concussion procedures.
In case Amla fails to recover, David Miller is likely to take his place in the eleven and will bat in the middle-order. Aiden Markram will probably open the innings alongside de Kock. Meanwhile, fast-bowler Dale Steyn also remains in doubt for the game. Steyn is nursing a shoulder injury and has already missed the game against England.