Amla excused from Proteas squad, father critically ill

26 2018 Sri Lanka's cricket coach Chandika Hathurusingha and batting coach Thilan Samaraweera look on after winning against Sri Lanka by 42 runs during the fourth day of the third Test match at the Sinhal

26 2018 Sri Lanka's cricket coach Chandika Hathurusingha and batting coach Thilan Samaraweera look on after winning against Sri Lanka by 42 runs during the fourth day of the third Test match at the Sinhal

Proteas cricketer Hashim Amla.

Veteran batsman Hashim Amla has pulled out of the South African One-Day International squad to play Sri Lanka for family reasons, granting a reprieve for opener Reeza Hendricks who had been dropped for the final two matches of the series.

The Proteas have an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series and have brought back Aiden Markram and JP Duminy ahead of the match in Port Elizabeth with Wiaan Mulder axed from the squad.

He has been replaced in the squad by Reeza Hendricks.

"Hashim has asked to be excused ... on compassionate grounds since his father is critically ill‚" a release on Tuesday quoted South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee as saying.

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with Hashim and his family during this hard time and we understand that family obligations always come first", Proteas team manager, Mohammed Moosajee said.

"The selectors have made a decision to add Reeza Hendricks to the squad".

Hashim Amla will now miss the final two ODIs South Africa will play before they jet off to the Cricket World Cup.

The 28-year-old did not bat as Sri Lanka slumped to a 71-run Duckworth-Lewis-Stern loss in the third ODI.

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