Hashim Amla captained South Africa in 14 Tests © Getty Images
Hashim Amla captained South Africa in 14 Tests © Getty Images

Hashim Amla resigned as South Africa captain at the end of the second Test against England at Cape Town. It is confirmed that AB de Villiers who is also the One-Day International skipper for South Africa will lead the team in the remaining two Tests of the series. “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. The second Test ended in a draw, leaving England 1-0 up in the four-match series with the next Test to start in Johannesburg on January 14. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs England 2015-16, 2nd Test at Cape Town, Day 5

According to a Cricket South Africa statement, Amla decided to step down before the second Test and told his teammates about the decision only at the end of the match. “I felt someone else could do a better job,” he told journalists, adding that he had been thinking about resigning for several weeks.

Amla was involved in the first two big stands for South Africa in the second Test against England, 183 for the third wicket with AB de Villiers (88) and 171 for the fourth with Faf du Plessis (86). Amla, who also made his fourth Test double century, batted for 707 minutes, faced 477 balls and hit 27 fours to lead South Africa out of danger.  .Live Cricket Score, South Africa vs England 2015-16, 2nd Test, Day 5 at Cape Town

Hashim Amla had recently been criticized in the series against India for his none proactive captaincy, which at times looked very out of sorts and ideas. South Africa has lost the four match Test series 3-0 with one match being called off due to rain.