Faf du Plessis registered a ton to help his side win the second ODI    Getty Images
Faf du Plessis registered a ton to help his side win the second ODI Getty Images

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis stated that he and Proteas coach Russell Domingo are currently in conflict with the national selection panel over the decision not to play star batsman Hashim Amla in Sunday s One-Day International (ODI) against Australia at Wanderers. Amla was ruled out of the first ODI at Centurion due to flu bout but was declared fit and available for game two in Johannesburg. Amla is No.3 one-day batsman in the world and has been a former Test skipper. But even though Amla, who averages almost 52 with the bat in the 50-over form of the game, who took part in the pre-game warm-up with his teammates, the South Africa selectors opted to retain the same XI that had thumped Australia in game one at Centurion last Friday.

“The selectors made that decision,” du Plessis was quoted saying by cricket.com.au said after the Proteas scored a 142-run win at Wanderers on the back of the captain s innings of 111. CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs Australia, 3rd ODI at The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg

“They wanted to keep the same team (from last Friday). Obviously for me Hash (Amla) is one of the best players in the world, but they felt that was the case. There s nothing that I can do about that. Hashim averages (52) in one-day cricket, so for me you can never replace that.”

“And if you miss one game for the flu then it s always the respect that you re given to come back into the team.

“So if it was my decision I would definitely bring him back and the same with the coach, but the selectors felt the combination at the top was working really well. So I suppose you can look at it from that point of view as well. But it wasn t my decision.”

Having said this it can be very much speculated that the South Africa selectors won’t change their starting XI for the third game in Durban on Wednesday.