[caption id="attachment_689318" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-689318" alt="Hashim Amla Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/GettyImages-904485616.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Hashim Amla Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/south-africa" target="_blank">South Africa</a> great <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/hashim-amla" target="_blank">Hashim Amla</a> is to play for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/hampshire" target="_blank">Hampshire</a> in the first three months of the upcoming English season, the county announced Wednesday. A former Proteas captain, the 34-year-old Amla has long been one of the world's leading batsmen as evidenced by an average of 49.08 in 113 Tests and 50.23 in 164 one-day internationals. Amla, who has had several previous county stints, most recently with Surrey, will be available to play in both the First-Class County Championship and the 50-over One-Day Cup competitions as an overseas player. <p></p> <p></p>He will join compatriots Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw, both of whom quit South Africa international duty just over a year ago for the financial security of contracts with Hampshire."I am really pleased to be joining a club like Hampshire," Amla said. <p></p> <p></p>"Everyone I have spoken to, who have either played or are currently playing there, have only had good things to say about the team. I look forward to spending the first three months of the season with them, which works out well for me to be able to get some high-quality cricket in before the Proteas tour to Sri Lanka in July."