South African cricketer Hashim Amla step down from captaincy after the second Test in Capetown produced no result.
Vice-Captain, AB de Villiers has agreed to take over the captaincy for the remainder of the series.
Cricket South Africa, the governing body of South African cricket, confirmed it.
South Africa has lost the first match of four match series in Durban. Amla has scored 201 in the match as England posted massive 629. In reply, South Africa scored 627. Ben Stokes scored double hundred in the first innings.
Amla’s resignation came after South Africa, who is the number one team in the world, failed to win a single Test in the last six Test.
They failed to win a single match Test series in Bangladesh. In October-November, 4-match series they were humiliated by India by 3-0. Now, England coming in their own den took a series lead to the surprise of many.
Amla was criticised for his approach in the Delhi Test. He tried to draw the Delhi by blocking Indian spinners. But, his team succumbed to the pressure created by Indian spinner duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
With India series loss South Africa’s nine years old invincible away series record was broken.
South Africa’s decline in Test was caused due to an injury of Dale Steyn; while AB de Villiers failed to fire and Amla himself clicked the right boxes to win a Test match. The current South African team is young and finding it difficult to handle experienced bowler like Stuart Broad, who is probably going through his best form of his career.
Amla’s decision to step down has caused another problem in South Africa team. With AB de Villiers planning to retire from Test cricket, the young South African team will face the most difficult task ahead. AB de Villiers agreed to take over the responsibility for remaining series.
“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,” Amla said to the Cricket South Africa.
“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.”
“We respect Hashim’s decision and the manner in which he thought about it and then communicated with me. It was consistent with his well-respected personality,” said Cricket SA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.
“He still has a huge role to play in shaping the success of our team without the need for a leadership title. He is just that type of a person and we are very fortunate to have him in our stable.
“I want to thank AB for readily accepting the challenge of rebuilding our Test team as we seek to remain the best team in the world,” added Lorgat.
De Villiers agreed to lead
“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.
“At the moment, my priority and focus are placed on leading this team to what can be a memorable series win against England. This Test squad is motivated and determined to turn our performances around and I’m looking forward to taking up that challenge as captain. Hashim is a good friend and close colleague and I am grateful for his support.”
Amla also paid tribute to his fellow players and management team.
“Throughout my time as captain, whether in good times or tough times, I’ve always had the full support of my teammates, coaching staff and management. I want to acknowledge this superb group of people for always being there and for supporting me wholeheartedly,” Amla concluded.
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