AB de Villiers  © Getty Images
AB de Villiers © Getty Images

AB de Villiers has accepted South Africa’s permanent Test captaincy after he was the interim skipper in the final two Tests against England in their recently concluded four-match Test series. Hashim Amla resigned from South Africa’s Test captaincy suddenly at the end of the second Test of that series. The decision was taken during the process forward after a board meeting in Johannesburg on Friday. De Villiers’ first task as SouthA frica’s full-time Test captain will be their two-Test series against New Zealand in August. He said, “This is an exciting time for South African cricket, and I am honoured to have been asked to captain the Test team into a new era. I thoroughly enjoyed captaining in the last two Tests against England, and although I still have a lot to learn in this role, it’s a new challenge that I’m excited to take on.” READ: AB de Villiers expresses desire to continue as South Africa Test skipper

According to ESPNCricinfo, de Villiers added, “I have been privileged to play in several outstanding Proteas teams over the past 11 seasons, and I believe we are witnessing the emergence of another great team. There is plenty of hard work ahead of us; we are rebuilding and have a long way to go to being a finished product as a squad.”

Meanwhile, Cricket South Africa’s Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat, said, “AB is a class cricketer and a special person and the Board is delighted that he has taken on the responsibility to lead the Proteas Test team during this crucial phase of guiding new players and rebuilding the team to once again be the best in the world. AB’s commitment to the Proteas and international cricket is a lesson for many other cricketers and the Board was unanimous in appointing AB to take charge of the team. “