- Proteas star batsman, Hashim Amla, has retired hurt in the 4th over of the run chase against England
- Amla was struck against the helmet by a Jofra Archer bouncer
- England earlier set an imposing target of 312
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The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has barely begun and the Proteas are already on the back foot.
South Africa’s opening batsman, Hashim Amla, was forced to retire hurt in the 4th over in the opener against England at The Oval.
The Proteas already went into the contest with less bowling firepower when legendary fast bowler, Dale Steyn, was ruled out due to injury.
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Amla, a stalwart of the line-up, showed promising form in the warm-up matches and was touted to play a key role at the top of the innings along with Quinton De Kock.
However, the star batsman was undone for pace by a Jofra Archer bouncer, which smashed into the grille of his helmet.
Amla received medical attention, but it was eventually decided that he would be unable to continue.
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Cricket South Africa (CSA) provided an update via social media.
At that stage, CSA advised that Amla would be re-assessed and were uncertain of his participation for the remainder of the contest.
Briefly.co.za can confirm that Amla has just returned to the crease.
Based on the social media comments, South Africans were begging for the mighty Hash to return.
Tucker Jhb said, “Phehlukwayo is gonna help win this game, just watch.”
Bala Subramanian said, “Get well soon and come back strong!”
Benedick Brand added, “Looking at how Faf and De Kock gave away their wickets, I hope he makes it back.”
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