Out-of-form South African batting great finds himself at an extremely vulnerable stage of his career.
Hashim Amla said the Proteas have rarely been mentioned among the pre-tournament favourites this time, unlike previous World Cups, and that this underdog status may help them bury the ghosts of past editions.
Hashim Amla was rested, JP Duminy was recuperating from a shoulder injury while Aiden Markram was a surprise exclusion from the ODI squad facing Sri Lanka.
Hashim Amla broke Virat Kohli's record for fastest to 27 ODI centuries but was panned for the way he paced his innings as South Africa went on to lose to Pakistan by five wickets.
Pakistan will take positives from the second Test where they avoided an innings defeat with a stout batting performance on Saturday to force the match into a fourth day.
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