Amla doubtful starter for Bangladesh match
Before Hashim Amla could make a real case for himself as a viable opener for South Africa in the quadrennial tournament, he started to brood over his chances of participating in the next World Cup fixture against Bangladesh, scheduled to take place at The Oval in London on Sunday.
For the unversed, Hashim Amla got struck on the helmet by a sharp short-pitched bouncer off England’s Jofra Archer’s bowling in the tournament opener, thereby forcing him to retire hurt in the early phase of the game.
South Africa gradually fell prey to England’s hands and kept losing wickets in no time. Amla had to bat down the order and could hardly make his presence count with the injury he picked up. He was unbeaten scoring 5 runs at the time. He then left the field and later returned, but was dismissed for 12 runs.
As a result, South Africa succumbed to a humiliating 104-run defeat at the hands of the hosts.
Well, things had gone from bad to worse after Amla skipped today’s training, pressing the case quite strongly that he is a highly doubtful starter for next game.
Miller likely to replace Amla
As per the reports, Amla remained with Proteas manager and doctor Mohammed Moosajee at the team’s London hotel on Saturday and did not take part in the training.
If he is unavailable for Bangladesh fixture, Amla will likely be replaced by the left-handed batsman David Miller, who would thoroughly fit into the middle order. This means that right-handed Aiden Markram is likely to be promoted to the top of the order with wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock.
Proteas might have got the upper hand over Bangladesh in head to head meetings, winning 17 and losing just 3 but things have well and truly changed in Bangladesh’s approach as they are now a phenomenal force to be reckoned with.