The good news is that Hashim Amla played his first game in more than a month on Sunday and the less good news is he did not exactly shoot the lights out. The worse news is neither did one of his theoretical rivals for a place in SA’s World Cup squad. Before Sunday‚ Amla was last in action on March 1 in a ODI game for the Cobras against the Lions at Newlands. He took temporary leave to help look after his ailing father and all the while speculation has swirled. Without much game time what kind of form would he be in by the time SA play their World Cup opener against England at the Oval on May 30? The 108 not out and 59 he made in the ODI series against Pakistan in January was a relief for those wondering whether his star had faded to grey‚ but the fact that he has gone 27 completed Test innings without a century has made others wonder whether he would be a liability at the tournament. Would you pick Hash? “Yes‚” former selection convenor Andrew Hudson said on Monday in unusually clip...

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