Injured Hashim Amla out of Australia tour: reports
Hashim Amla last played during the Sri Lanka tour in August. AFP

South Africa are in line to tour Australia without Hashim Amla, with reports in the South African media hinting that the veteran batsman will not make the trip after being prescribed more time to nurse his torn finger tendon.

Amla, 35, had missed the recent ODI series against Zimbabwe on account of the injury sustained during the Caribbean Premier League and was replaced by Test specialist Dean Elgar, who scored 2 and 4 in his two opportunities.

With Amla out of the series, Quinton de Kock rested and regular skipper Faf du Plessis missing the first two ODIs, South Africa opened with Elgar and Aiden Markram and then Markram and Reeza Hendricks. Markram made 37, 35 and 42 and Hendricks 5, 1 and 66. Markram now looks in line for more playing time as an opener with de Kock, with Amla sidelined for the tour of Australia which includes three ODIs and a T20I.

“We know that Quinton and Hashim have been a fantastic opening pair for the Proteas for a long time, and we also know that Reeza Hendricks and Markram have also been very good in franchise cricket. We wanted to see how they go,” South Africa s coach Ottis Gibson said on Sunday. We know where we are with those two and we know that they are both very good players.”

Teams have until early February to confirm their World Cup squads and thus the tour of Australia is a big chance for the management to look at options.

“There are a lot of guys that will be in our thoughts when choosing that squad to Australia. Hashim is injured and out of that tour … we’ve discussed that with him already,” Gibson said. “We’re going to give him as much time as we can to get him ready for the next cricket that he has coming up, so he’s not going to be considered.

For the past 12 months we’ve been looking at players and in the next couple of months the window is closing. We’re getting closer and closer to the guys that we want on the journey. In the next couple of series – Pakistan and Sri Lanka – we really want to be focusing on 17 or 18 players that we will be looking at.”

The first ODI between South Africa and Australia is in Perth on November 4.