Domingo worried about Miller, but not Amla


South Africa coach Russell Domingo says Hashim Amla's lean run of form is not a concern, as the batsman has a track record to prove his worth, but the coaches are concerned about David Miller's lack of runs.

Amla was out for just seven in the fourth ODI against India, and has scored only 66 runs in the series. But his average is above 50, and Domingo feels Amla is the kind of player who could get a ton at the drop of a hat.

Domingo said: "If you look at it, there are two players in the world who average over 50 in Test matches and one-day cricket that have played the game and Hashim Amla and AB de Villliers are the two.

"Look, Hash is a quality player. All players have periods in their careers where they are maybe not churning out the runs like they should, but we know Hashim could get a hundred in Mumbai. He is that type of player.

"So he is massively important for us and we are not concerned about his form at the moment because we know he'll come good at some stage."

Miller, meanwhile, could be on borrowed time, as he was out for six in Chennai and has had a lean run of form the past few months. His top score on the tour is 33, and in 81 ODIs he's scored just eight half centuries batting in the middle order.

The coach added: "We are concerned about David's form at the moment. That particular position at 5 and 6, that maybe Suresh Raina will be able to tell you guys, is a very tough position.

"You often come in with three or four overs to play and if you get caught on the boundary people say you are out of form. If you come in with 25 overs to go and the team is four down and you come in and get a good nut, people say you are out of form. So it's a very difficult position.

"You've got to be patient with players in that position, particularly in this country because it is the hardest place to bat. And you watch him in the nets, he's playing really well. Just things aren't working for him at the moment."

Both batsmen will have another chance to impress in Mumbai on Sunday, during the fifth and deciding ODI.