Hashim Amla resigns as Proteas Test team captain
Hashim Amla has stepped down from his role as captain of the South Africa Test team.
The 32-year-old revealed his decision shortly after the second Test against England was drawn in Cape Town this afternoon – a match in which Amla scored 201, his highest-ever knock as Proteas captain.
“After careful consideration and considerable thought, I wish to announce that I will be stepping down as captain of the Proteas Test team with immediate effect,” Amla told reporters at Newlands.
“This decision was not an easy one to make, but I thought I needed to be true to myself having done a personal inspection. I’m comfortable knowing that I have given my best at all times and will continue to do so.
“However, I feel that there is a greater need to work on my own game, thus giving me the opportunity to continue contributing as a batsman like I have done previously.
I was deeply honoured when the position was offered to me as this is a pinnacle for any sportsman. I am extremely grateful to have had the privilege of captaining this wonderful team and at the same time I must add that my stint as captain has proved to be of great lessons.
” AB de Villiers will take over as skipper for the remainder of the four-Test series against England before a new permanent successor is chosen.
Amla added: “I remain committed to the Proteas team across all formats of the game and I will fully support whoever is chosen as my successor. I believe there is still a great deal I can offer to the team and look forward to contributing to the success.”
Amla, who resigns a year and a half after succeeding Graeme Smith, made 894 runs, including three centuries, at an average of 49.66 during his time as Proteas skipper.