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Hashim Amla named South Africa Test captain

Hashim Amla © Getty Images
Hashim Amla © Getty Images

June 3, 2014

Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday announced Hashim Amla as as the new Test captain of the national side. CSA made the announcement in a press conference. AB de Villiers was widely believed to be taking over the charge after Graeme Smith’s retirement, but Amla pipped de Villiers to lead the Proteas in Test cricket.

CSA’s Twitter account quoted Amla as saying, “I’d like to pay tribute to @GraemeSmith49 [Graeme Smith] for leading us so well in the ladt (sic) 10 yrs I have been involved with the national team. I am humbled and honoured to be given this opportunity by CSA & the board. I look forward to giving this my all.”

On being appointed as the new captain, Amla said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be given this responsibility. I would like to pay tribute to the leadership Graeme Smith has provided throughout my international career. This is an exciting challenge but one that I take on with positivity with our Test team being in exceptionally good space at the moment with the support of a strong core of senior players.

“I have concentrated on taking my batting to the highest possible level and now I feel I am in a position to make a contribution to South African cricket in a leadership role,” said the 31-year-old. Amla has scored 6214 runs in 76 Tests at an average of 51.35 and 4054 in 85 ODIs at 53.34.

Earlier, AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla were the leading candidates to succeed Graeme Smith as South Africa’s Test captain. Smith captained South Africa in a world-record 109 Tests before announcing his retirement during the third and final Test against Australia last March.

It was reported earlier that the national selectors will table their recommendation for the captaincy, but the final decision will be made by the board. The first assignment of the new captain will be to lead South Africa in two Tests in Sri Lanka during July.

De Villiers, 30, was vice-captain under Smith and is the One-Day International (ODI) skipper. He has led the side in 40 One-Day International (ODI) games. He had no prior captaincy experience. He struggled initially, but appeared to grow into the job last season. He has expressed his willingness to lead the Test side.

Amla, 31, captained the South African team at the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand in 2002 and was appointed captain of the Dolphins franchise early in his first-class career.  He resigned as captain after one season to concentrate on his batting.

Amla was appointed De Villiers’ vice-captain of the South African ODI team in 2011 and led the side in three matches, but gave up the job last year.  But Amla has informed the selectors he would be available to captain the Test side. Both players have outstanding records as batsmen and would bring different styles to the leadership.

De Villiers is an exuberant character who would probably be more instinctive, while Amla would be likely to be more studious and analytical.  Faf du Plessis, 29, who captains the national Twenty20 (T20) team, is a third candidate and has displayed the most natural flair for captaincy.

But his relative lack of experience — he has played in only 14 Tests — could count against him. His supporters would point out, however, that Smith was made captain after only eight Tests.

With Smith and Jacques Kallis having retired from Test cricket, at least one new batsman is expected to be included in the South African Test squad, with left-hander Stiaan van Zyl a strong contender.

South Africa will also want to bolster their spin bowling, with off-spinners Dane Piedt and Simon Harmer making strong claims in domestic cricket.  The board meeting is expected to endorse a proposal to increase the target to five black players in each franchise team in an effort to speed up racial transformation.

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