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Amla sits out final two ODIs for family reasons

AFP  |  Johannesburg 

was given compassionate leave on Tuesday to miss South Africa's last two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka, providing what could be a last-ditch opportunity for to stake a claim for a place in the country's squad.

said batsman had asked for leave because his father was critically ill with Hendricks replacing the 35-year-old.

was not selected for the first three matches of the series, all won by South Africa, although selection convener said at the time he had not been dropped and the selectors wanted to examine all their options ahead of this year's

Opening batsman Hendricks had scores of 1, 29 and 4 in the first three matches and his chances seemed to have disappeared when he was dropped for the last two games.

The 15-man squad appeared to be a likely choice for the global tournament held in England and between May and July.

will be without Test match-winner Kusal Perera, who was ruled out of the last two matches with a hamstring suffered while fielding in the third international in on Sunday.

The last two matches are in on Wednesday and on Saturday.

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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 20:45 IST