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Tue May 24 11:59:39 SAST 2016

Amla falls - AB de Villiers now captain

Times LIVE | 06 January, 2016 17:59
South Africa's captain Hashim Amla.
Image by: MONEY SHARMA / AFP

Hashim Amla has announced that he is stepping down as Proteas Test Captain.

“Naturally this decision is not an easy one but the more I think about it the more I believe I can be of greater value to the Proteas as a fully focused batsman and senior player at this time of rebuilding our team” said Amla in a statement.

“I am deeply grateful and privileged to have been the Test captain and I wish to thank CSA for the honour of captaining my country. It was enjoyable and indeed a great learning experience.”

AB de Villiers has agreed to take over the captaincy for the rest of the series.

“I’ve said this before that it is an incredible honour to captain South Africa in any format. The captaincy has obviously come at short notice and is the realisation of a lifelong dream,” said De Villiers.

Amla captained the Proteas in 14 tests winning 4, drawing 6 and losing 4.

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