| On Updated : Jun 24, 2019 5:45 PM IST

ICC World Cup 2019: South Africa expect star batsman to return for India game

The ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 is turning into a tournament spoiled by injuries for the Proteas as they suffered a big blow ahead of their third game against India.

South Africa opener Hashim Amla, who was hit on his helmet grille in the World Cup opener, is expected to regain full fitness for the team's third game against India in Southampton on Wednesday.

Amla suffered from temporary insensibility that day the 36-year-old had gone for a couple of tests prior to his return on the crease, in the end, South Africa's team decided to rest him for the match against Bangladesh so that he recovers fast and is able to play rest of the matches.

“During the last match, he sustained a blow to the to the helmet,” Dr Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa's team doctor said. “When he came off the field he was assessed. There were concussion assessment tests done as well as various computerised assessments are done. Initially, the results were what we call inconclusive.

He missed a sharp-edged bouncer from Jofra Archer that clunk into his helmet grille, making him leave the field, although he returned to bat later in the same innings.



As it is nothing was going right for the SA team where Steyn who has failed to recover from his shoulder bruise and will not feature in the second game against Bangladesh and South Africa’s bowler Lungi Ngidi will be on rest for a week or 10 days after being racked by pain in Sunday's World Cup defeat against Bangladesh.

Amla also missed the game against Bangladesh on Sunday after suffering the blow against England on Thursday because he didn't recover till then.

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