Hashim Amla hit on the helmet

ICC World Cup 2019: South Africa opener Hashim Amla retires hurt after being hit in the head by a 90mph ball from England’s Jofra Archer

South Africa opening batsman Hashim Amla was forced to leave the field in the opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after being struck in the head by a 90 mph ball from England pacer Jofra Archer.

The ferocious bouncer from Archer in the fourth over of South Africa’s run chase caught the Proteas opener into the grille.

It looked as though Amla was okay to continue but it seems concussion tests have shown something up and he has had to retire hurt.

Hashim Amla retired hurt

Amla, who rubbed his forehead as he departed, was replaced by Aiden Markram, with South Africa on 14 at no loss.

According to new laws, a team can replace a player who has a concussion or a suspected concussion while tests are carried out.

A player who has been struck on the head will undergo a five-minute on-field assessment and, if there are concerns, they will leave the pitch before a liaison officer makes a decision on their replacement.

Earlier, Jason Roy (54), Joe Root (51), Eoin Morgan (57) and Ben Stokes (89) slammed respective half-centuries to guide England to 311/8 against the Proteas.

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