Cape Cobras assistant coach Faiek Davids has backed Hashim Amla to overcome his bad run of form.
Amla’s recent form on the international and domestic scene has been far from his best. As a result, he has lost favour to some extent among pundits and fans alike.
In three outings for the Cobras, he scored 10 in the One-Day Cup clash against the Titans, followed by 16 and two in his first two CSA T20 challenge matches for his franchise.
Internationally, his ODI average has dropped from the high 50s in the first five years of his playing career to 49.74, where it currently stands. He also had a shaky Test series against Sri Lanka.
His recent form has placed question marks around his World Cup selection, and having not been picked up in the IPL, means that the 36-year-old will need to battle his way to his best in the CSA T20 Challenge.
The Proteas opener was forced to take time off from competitive cricket in recent months for family reasons.
Davids has no doubt that Amla will soon turn the corner.
‘Hashim has obviously been on a bad run of form, but he is a quality player,’ he said.
‘If he’s available to play, then we’re happy to have him in the team. He is a massively experienced player and has a wealth of runs behind his name.
‘We know he’s just one knock away from getting it right, so we back him and are quite happy to have him here.’
Amla will play for the Cobras in their CSA T20 Challenge clash against the Warriors at Boland Park.