Amla Out Of Second ODI, Doubtful For Final Game
South African batsman Hashim Amla has been ruled out of the second One-Day International against New Zealand due to a right thigh strain.
His late withdrawal adds more pressure to an already understrength batting line-up due to the absence through suspension of captain AB de Villiers.
With South Africa 1-0 down in the series following New Zealand's dramatic one-wicket win in Paarl, Amla's absence will be keenly felt and he could yet miss the third and final game in Potchefstroom on Friday (25th January).
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"Hashim sustained the strain in his right quad during warm-ups yesterday afternoon but continued training without much hindrance," team manager Mohammad Moosajee said.
"He woke up this morning with a severely stiff quad muscle and has been withdrawn from the playing XI. We will only be able to make a call on his availability for the final game after more assessment in the next few days."
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