South Africa’s talisman batsman Hashim Amla is out of the Australia tour, South African coach Ottis Gibson confirmed. The right-hander is recuperating from the finger injury. The Proteas stalwart is prescribed more rest for his torn finger tendon. Thus, Amla will miss out on the Australian tour. Consequently, it would be a big blow to the Rainbow nation.
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Hashim Amla had also missed out on the recently concluded ODI series against Zimbabwe. Amla had conceived the finger injury while playing in the Carribean Premier League. Dean Elgar had received his opportunity in place of Hashim Amla. However, the southpaw opener could not make most of the opportunity as he scored two and four runs in two chances. Elgar had returned to the ODI side after three years.
Amla is recuperating from the finger injury.
South Africa will play three ODIs and one T20I on the Australian tour. Thus, Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock will open the innings for South Africa. Reeza Hendricks will also be given his chance.
“We know that Quinton and Hashim have been a fantastic opening pair for the Proteas for a long time, and we also know that Reeza Hendricks and Markram have also been very good in franchise cricket. We wanted to see how they go,” South Africa’s coach Ottis Gibson said on Sunday. “We know where we are with those two and we know that they are both very good players.”
Gibson confirmed Amla is out of Australia tour. Therefore, they are going to give opportunities to other players whom they have in mind for the next year World Cup.
Australia will play three ODIs against South Africa.
“There are a lot of guys that will be in our thoughts when choosing that squad to Australia. Hashim is injured and out of that tour … we’ve discussed that with him already,” Gibson said. “We’re going to give him as much time as we can to get him ready for the next cricket that he has coming up, so he’s not going to be considered.
Gibson went on to add that they are going to look at a pool of 17 or 18 players for the next year ODI carnival.
“For the past 12 months we’ve been looking at players and in the next couple of months, the window is closing. We’re getting closer and closer to the guys that we want on the journey. In the next couple of series – Pakistan and Sri Lanka – we really want to be focusing on 17 or 18 players that we will be looking at.”
South Africa will take on Australian in the first ODI at Perth on November 4.