De Villiers likely to replace Smith as South African Test captain

AB de Villiers is likely to replace Graeme Smith as the South African Test captain Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff


Johannesburg: Jun 5, 2011

South African Graeme Smith is likely to resign on Sunday as Test skipper, with Cricket South Africa expected to name Gary Kirsten as the new coach of the team, while it is being speculated that AB de Villiers will replace Smith.

Russell Domingo will be Kirsten’s assistant and Allan Donald will be new bowling coach.

Smith, who was appointed captain in 2003, has already given up the South African one-day and Twenty20 captaincy.

These shock announcements are set to be announced when the Executive Council of Cricket South Africa (CSA) start with a “house-cleaning exercise” on Monday.

According to sources Kirsten will succeed Corrie van Zyl after South Africa’s disastrous World Cup campaign.

Kirsten, a former Proteas opening batsman, led India to glory in the World Cup a couple of months ago.