London| Jagran Sports Desk| South African opener Hashim Amla is still not a certainty in the playing XI but he has made a case of himself by scoring 65 and 51 not out in the two warm-up matches.

South Africa will play their first match in the World Cup against India on June 5 in Southampton.

However, with young Aiden Markram in the side, there is competition as to who would open with Quinton de Kock.

"Scoring runs is always important. Whether I make the playing XI or not is not up to me. I do what I can do and what happens after that is for the benefit of the team," said Amla.

The veteran South African opener wants to make every opportunity count and that was the reason he opted out of a domestic T20 competition's knock-out rounds to prepare for the World Cup.

"T20 is different from fifty-over cricket. I had two weeks with (batting coach) Dale Benkenstein and spent time in the nets batting the way a fifty-over cricketer would bat It was important to have that time. Sometimes it works out; sometimes it doesn't," said Amla.

Amla just needs another 90 runs to reach 8000 runs in One Day Internationals.

Though, Amla is open to helping his teammates with vital information and his experience.

"It's (guidance) something you don't try and force. It happens naturally. It's not something I consciously think about but I think it happens anyway. There's a lot of experience in the playing XI and the coaching staff so that osmosis of information and knowledge is going to happen anyway," he added.

(with PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma