Amla returns as Proteas aim for series win


South Africa have the chance to win their first cricket touring series against Australia since 2009 as they play their third ODI at Kingsmead, Durban, on Wednesday afternoon in a day/night fixture.

This comes after comfortable wins for the Proteas in the first two ODI’s over the weekend when they beat Australia by six wickets (with 82 balls to spare) and by 142 runs on Friday and Sunday respectively.

Hashim Amla, who was controversially left out of the starting-11 in the second ODI, comes in for Farhaan Behardien, who drops out instead of Rilee Rossouw – who had scored two half-centuries over the weekend. Due to that recent form, Rossouw has ascertained his spot in the team and will move to no.4 in the batting line-up, with Amla opening alongside Quinton de Kock.

In the Australian bowling attack, Joe Mennie drops out for Daniel Worrall – who will be playing in his third ODI for the men from down under. South Africa will bowl first and chase the total.

The two line-ups for Wednesday’s ODI:

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, JP Duminy, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir.

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, George Bailey, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, John Hastings, Adam Zampa, Chris Tremain, Daniel Worrall.

Image: Hashim Amla