The fact that Hashim Amla still has some doubt about whether he will open the batting for the Proteas in Thursday’s World Cup opener against England says everything about the man.
The 36-year-old comes off two consecutive half-centuries in warm-up games against Sri Lanka and the West Indies – the second of which he was still unbeaten when rain ended proceedings.
The innings of 65 and 51 should be more than enough evidence for the ‘doubters’ that Amla should walk out alongside Quinton de Kock at The Oval on Thursday – not that there should’ve been any question about it anyway.
The Proteas veteran has 27 ODI hundreds to his name, and an average of 49.74 in 174 matches.
He also has an exemplary record in England over the years, and Aiden Markram needs to wait his turn – or perhaps slot in at No 3, if the South Africans opt for an extra batsman, especially in the early stages of the tournament.