Sunday, 18 March 2018

Hashim Amla is ‘likely’ to open for Hampshire


HAMPSHIRE director of cricket Giles White says Hashim Amla is likely to open the batting in the Specsavers County Championship – and will help the development of homegrown batsmen Tom Alsop and Joe Weatherley.

The 34 year-old, who made 0 and eight as South Africa lost the first of their four Tests against Australia at the weekend, is due to meet his new teammates on April 10.

He is not available for any of the county’s six pre-season friendlies, but will arrives in time to go straight into the team against Worcestershire on April 13.

“Hashim is willing to do what’s best for the team so it’s likely at this stage that he will open,” said White, who last week spoke about the need “to get the balance right between bringing players on and giving them the opportunity, but also winning games”.

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