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Hashim Amla looking to ‘fine-tune’ ahead of 2019 World Cup

Wed, 1st May 2019

Standard Bank Proteas batsman Hashim Amla

Hashim Amla says his decision to pull out of the Cape Cobras squad for the remainder of the CSA T20 Challenge was to “fine-tune” his batting ahead of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

"I have opted not to make myself available for selection for the Cape Cobras for the remainder of the CSA T20 Challenge," read a statement released by Amla over the last weekend.

"I express my sincere gratitude to the Cobras coaching staff and team for the game time over the last three weeks, given the circumstances."

Amla opted to play in the domestic competition instead of seeking a short-term opportunity with a county side, allowing him to be close to his seriously ill father.

Amla has struggled to find his peak form this season and was hoping to use the T20 tournament as a means to build confidence and put some runs on the board ahead of the World Cup in England.

The 36-year-old Amla was named in South Africa's World Cup squad earlier this month and wants to "use the remaining time before the World Cup to fine-tune my batting”.

CSA selection convener Linda Zondi has revealed that Amla will be working on his game with Proteas batting coach Dale Benkenstein.

South Africa's World Cup squad will meet for a pre-tournament camp on May 12 while their first match of the World Cup is against England at The Oval on May 30.