• Amla skips Saturday’s training

    Batsman Hashim Amla did not participate in South Africa’s practice on Saturday – and remains in doubt for Sunday’s World Cup fixture against Bangladesh at The Oval in London.

    Amla was struck on the helmet by a short delivery from fast bowler Jofra Archer during Thursday’s 104-run defeat at the same venue.

    Unbeaten on five at the time, he left the field and later returned, but was dismissed for 12.

    The veteran right-hander reportedly remained with Proteas manager and doctor Mohammed Moosajee at the team’s London hotel on Saturday. The pair worked through post-concussion procedures.

    If unavailable for Sunday’s match, Amla will likely be replaced by the left-handed David Miller, who would fit into the middle order. The right-handed Aiden Markram, meanwhile, will probably be promoted to the top of the order alongside wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock.

    Fast bowler Dale Steyn is still nursing a shoulder injury sustained during a stint for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League earlier this year. He did not play in the tournament opener, but bowled in the nets on Friday and Saturday. Whether he will be selected for the match with Bangladesh remains in the balance.

    The Proteas and Bangladesh have met 20 times in ODI cricket. The former have won 17 and the latter three.

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