Amla's form of no concern for Proteas

2018-12-15 09:42
Hashim Amla (AP)

Cape Town - Proteas head coach Ottis Gibson admits he is not losing any sleep over the form of star batsman Hashim Amla.

READ: Amla form still a major concern for Proteas as World Cup looms

Following the Mzansi Super League, Amla's numbers in the inaugural T20 tournament does not make for good reading.

The Durban Heat player only managed 71 runs in seven matches with unpleasant scores of 15, 24, 12, 0, 4, 16 and 0.

In his last 10 Test innings, Amla has scored 299 runs at an average of 29.9 while his last Test century occurred back in October, 2017 against Bangladesh. 

In the build-up to the Pakistan tour, Gibson backed Proteas batsman Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar and notable Amla to turn their struggles around with the bat this summer.

"There is no concern with regards to them (Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar and Amla)‚" Gibson told reporters, as quoted by Times Live.

"Coming to 'Hash'‚ he has been carrying niggles that have not allowed him to do the things that he wanted to do. For him it is to get back to the nets and work on the things that he needs to work on‚ but he is an experienced player for us.

"He had dips in form but he knows what he needs to do. I have spoken to him since I arrived in the country on Wednesday night and he will be desperate to get back into action. I have no concerns."

The first of three Tests between South Africa and Pakistan gets under way on Boxing Day on December 26 in Centurion.

Proteas Test squad:

Faf du Plessis (Titans, captain), Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras), Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions), Theunis de Bruyn (Titans), Quinton de Kock (Titans), Dean Elgar (Titans), Zubayr Hamza (Cape Cobras), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Titans), Duanne Olivier (Knights), Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Dale Steyn (Titans)

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