South Africa’s premier batsman Hashim Amla has been ruled out of the upcoming one-day series against Australia due to a finger injury. Cricket South Africa has named 15-man squad for the one-day series that will take place in Australia in November. South Africa is scheduled to play three one-day internationals followed by a one-off T20 game. Amla also missed the home series against Zimbabwe.
Hashim Amla sustained the injury while playing in the Caribbean Premier League. He was advised to take complete rest for at least three weeks as Dean Elgar was included in South Africa’s one-day squad for Zimbabwe series. Aiden Makram is expected to open the innings alongside Quinton de Kock for the one-day series against Australia. Reeza Hendricks will be slotted at no.3 in the batting lineup in the upcoming three-match one-day series.
South Africa Head Coach Otis Gibson said that it will be a fantastic opportunity for players like Reeza Hendricks and Aiden Markram to make an impact on the Australian tour in the absence of Hashim Amla. Gibson stated they are looking to build a pool of players from which they can select their squad to prepare in the best possible manner for next year’s Cricket World Cup. He said hopefully the whole scenario will be clear once South Africa play against Pakistan and South Africa at home at the end of the year.
The credible performance by Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir against Zimbabwe is a big positive for South Africa. Tahir has been produced excellent numbers for South Africa with the ball. The veteran spinner was rested for Sri Lanka series as Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj were given full chance to prove their worth on the tour.
Dale Steyn certainly bowled at express pace and picked up crucial wickets for South Africa with the new-ball. It will certainly be interesting how South Africa goes against Australia in the one-day series. Hashim Amla being ruled out of the one-day series is certainly a setback of sorts for South Africa.