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South Africa batsman Hashim Amla believes that the three-match ODI series against England will help his side get ready for the Champions Trophy next month.
The ODI series will give the Proteas the opportunity to get accustomed to the English conditions before they kickstart their Champions Trophy campaign against Sri Lanka on June 3.
“This ODI series comes at a good time, it’s before the Champions Trophy and it will be great preparation for both teams,” Amla said. “England are a good team, very well balanced, so it will be a good challenge to hone down our skills so we can start the tournament on a good note.
“We have a very good balance in the team. There are a few of us who have been around for a few years. A few exciting youngsters like Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell. We have a very good mix, hopefully we can all put it together in this series and the Champions Trophy.”
While South Africa triumphed 3-2 when they last faced England in an ODI series in February last year, Amla knows that it would be a grave mistake to underestimate the hosts, especially as they will be playing in their own backyard.
“We played them not so long ago in South Africa and we know they have a long batting line-up with quite a few different bowling options,” the 34-year-old added. “We have had good series against them and because of their competitive nature, the way they have been playing and the way that we have been playing, I think it’s going to be a good series.”