Pakistan v South Africa 2013-14 October 27, 2013

Amla doubtful for ODIs, Ingram on standby

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Hashim Amla, the South Africa batsman, is doubtful for the ODIs against Pakistan in the UAE, as his wife is yet to deliver their second child. Batsman Colin Ingram has been put on standby.

Amla had missed the second Test so he could be with his wife in anticipation of the birth. Cricket South Africa tweeted on Sunday afternoon that Ingram will be drafted in as his cover, while fast bowler Dale Steyn will be rested for the first two matches.

Steyn's being rested by team management is part of CSA's workload management for their premier bowlers. He is expected to fly home in the interim. He had tweaked his hamstring just before the second Test in Dubai, and despite some initial doubts over whether he was fit to play, did feature in the match which South Africa won by an innings and 92 runs.

Steyn hasn't played any ODIs since the Champions Trophy in June, missing the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka that followed with several niggles.

South Africa's team management also announced on Sunday that former coach Gary Kirsten will travel to the UAE during the ODI series, in the capacity of team batting mentor. When Kirsten did not renew his contract as coach earlier this year, it was thought that he would take up such consultancy roles with the team in the future. He will join the squad for five days between the second and third ODI's.

On Kirsten's appointment, team manager Mohammed Moosajee said: "Gary is a World-Cup winning coach and it would be naïve of us not to tap into his wisdom. We have a crop of young batsmen in the squad we feel will gain a lot of insight from his vast batting experience and knowledge. We are going into an important phase leading up to the World Cup so it will be important for us to tap into as many resources available to us."

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  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Well after all the comments we managed to hold Pakistan down to win by a RUN. It still count as a WIN!

  • Dummy4 on October 30, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    Hafeez and Afridi are in playing squad means Pakistan will be two batsmen short, and thus minimize the chances for Pakistan for even a single win. Afridi has no brain and Hafeez due to politics perform poorly. SA has won a test without Amla so absence of Amla wont hurt SA, Styen if not playing would effect their attack, but remember Pak is playing two batsmen short.

  • Android on October 28, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    sa win by 3 2

  • Gerhard on October 28, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    If u haven't seen such a classy batsman u must be very young! Aamir Sohail, Saeed Anwar, Javed Miandhad - now those boys could bat a bit! ON ANY SURFACE. Hafeez was so poor in SA it was a joke. and they say Haydos was a flat-track bully?? please!

  • Muhammad on October 28, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    No Amla, no Steyn WOW!! First two games will be easy for Pakistan to win. Please do Pakistan a favor by bringing in Tsotsobe and de Kock. Pakistani players will treat them "nicely". Pakistan will win the series 4-1 easily or in the worst case 3-2.

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    This is good to see that CSA is doing right thing by resting Steyn in ODIs. India / Australia test series are on the bank. Should keep him out from Limited overs and provide proper rest to him.

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Hafeez is a class act, havn't seen such a class batsman in the pak side before,he will answer his critics this time around.

  • Altaf on October 28, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Tsotsobe is ODI specialist bowler and Philander for Tests. SA should go with this fact there by not doing any experiment.

  • greig on October 28, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    SA team for the ODIs: Philander in De Kock in Faff out

    Good that they are keeping Dale fresh so he can destroy India.

  • A on October 28, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    @ Hammad Iqbal, with all due respect, I couldn't disagree with you more. Hafeez is the stingiest bowler and specially with the left handed batsmen in the SA lineup, it makes him even more precious commodity. Sure enough, his batting has deteriorated of late, but one good knock, specially in the absence of Steyn can and will bring him back in form, I N S H A L L A H !!! :)

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