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Faf du Plessis backs Hashim Amla to turn around his form

Tue, 11th Jun 2019

Hashim Amla of South Africa bats during the ICC Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and India at the Hampshire Bowl, Southampton on 05 June 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has backed opening batsman Hashim Amla to turn around his form at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

South Africa’s match against the West Indies was rained off on Monday, but not before Amla was the first man dismissed, making just six runs in his innings. The veteran has managed a total of 25 runs from his three outings at the CWC.

“Hash is a class player,” du Plessis said after the abandoned game at Southampton.

“You know it’s tough on a wicket like that because, when you are opening up the innings, you need a bit of luck to go your way.

“Like most of our batters, it’s just a matter of getting in, and getting those starts converted into runs, because if you can get through the first 10-15 overs, that’s when the scores come.”

The ‘no result’ left the Proteas without a win from their first four matches and in a position where they will likely need to win five in a row if they are to have any hope of making the semifinals.

However, du Plessis is not yet thinking of that prospect: “It is too far away. Right now, for us, we need to focus on our performance.”

He added, “If we can get our performance sorted out, our skills, our confidence back up where it needs to be, and start getting on a roll of two or three games, you can only really look at those things when it comes to the last week of the tournament.”

SA will next be in action against Afghanistan in Cardiff on Saturday.