(From Reuters)

Hashim Amla is stepping aside as South Africa’s test captain with immediate effect, a day after a double century rescued his country from possible defeat in the second test against England.

Hashim Amla

The 32-year-old made the surprise announcement just minutes after the test at Newlands ended in draw and after Amla had led a fight back to haul his team from a precarious position.

AB de Villiers will take over as captain for the last two tests against England.

“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 or rebuilding our team,” Amla told reporters. Read More

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