Hashim Amla celebrates duing his innnings in Sunday's ODI win over Bangladesh. Photo: Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix
Hashim Amla celebrates duing his innnings in Sunday's ODI win over Bangladesh. Photo: Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix
Aiden Markram in action during the Proteas' second Test against Bangladesh. Photo: Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix
Aiden Markram in action during the Proteas' second Test against Bangladesh. Photo: Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN – Hashim Amla has been in superb form in the opening stages of the Proteas’ international season, and has now earned a well-deserved break.

Cricket South Africa announced on Thursday that the right-hander will be rested for the final one-day international against Bangladesh, which takes place at Buffalo Park in East London on Sunday.

Amla has been a rock for the Proteas in the top-order in both the Test arena and ODIs against Bangladesh.

He has scored a total of 492 runs in the two Tests and two ODIs played against the Asian outfit, which included three centuries.

Amla will be replaced in the Proteas ODI squad by Test opener Aiden Markram, who is in a rich vein of form himself.

Markram scored 97 on Test debut for South Africa against Bangladesh at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom last month, and followed it up with his maiden Test hundred (143) at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein a week later.

The 23-year-old Markram made 82 for an SA Invitation XI against Bangladesh in a 50-over match in Bloemfontein last week, and is currently captaining the Titans against the Dolphins in the Sunfoil Series in Pietermaritzburg.

Markram scored 67 in the only Titans innings of 500/6 declared, in which Test partner Dean Elgar reached 237 not out.

IOL Sport

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