Poor Form Puts Hashim Amla’s World Cup Place in Jeopardy
Amla scored 51 runs in four innings in South Africa’s shock Test series loss against Sri Lanka earlier this year
South Africa's selectors will reveal on Thursday, 18 April whether veteran batsman Hashim Amla will be part of the country's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
Amla, 36, is one of South Africa’s all-time great one-day international players but his recent form has been poor, while increasing age has meant that he has slowed down on the field.
Amla scored only 51 runs in four innings in South Africa's shock Test series loss against Sri Lanka earlier this year and did not play in the first three One Day Internationals against the tourists, although Cricket South Africa stressed he had not been dropped.
He was due to play the final two one-day games against Sri Lanka but withdrew because his father was seriously ill.
After more than a month out of cricket, Amla returned for the Cape Cobras franchise in a domestic Twenty20 competition in early April, but managed to score a total of just 28 runs in his first three matches.
He showed signs of promise for the Cobras on Sunday with an innings of 32 – his joint-highest score in any form of cricket since a one-day series against Pakistan in January.
With captain Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller and JP Duminy all seemingly certain of selection, there is probably room for only two more top-order batsmen in the 15-man squad.
Amla's rivals, Aiden Markram and Reeza Hendricks, have both been in good recent form. Hendricks was named man-of-the-series in the recent Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka after a poor one-day series had seemingly scuttled his chances. Markram and Hendricks are outstanding fielders to strengthen their case.
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