May 22, 2014

Amla's big chance

He might bring a calmness and serenity to a cricketing culture that has too often been unable to think clearly under pressure
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Hashim Amla possesses a determination and steeliness that will serve him well if he is appointed captain
Hashim Amla possesses a determination and steeliness that will serve him well if he is appointed captain © Getty Images

Not since South Africa's readmission into international cricket has there been so much speculation about who their next Test captain will be. What appeared to be a two-horse race never was. CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat suggested as much, when he last week urged the selectors to look beyond the running favourites. The selectors have more to do, though.

The present focus may be on the next Test captain but what will it mean for the leadership in the other formats of the game? What complicates the matter further is that past decisions have done the selectors no favours and the solution, or lack thereof, could have a positive or negative impact, not only on one or two careers but the team as a whole. The whole process could be a very simple or complicated one for them, depending on who they nominate and the reasons for this. South African cricket is a complex animal and those who finally make the decision may not necessarily make it for cricketing reasons only.

The two obvious contenders were AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, who presently captain in the 50-over and T20 format respectively. De Villiers has for some time now been the popular choice to succeed Graeme Smith and one feels he should have nailed down the job by now, but the fact that he hasn't tells a story in itself. Du Plessis was not convincing in the recent T20 World Cup in Bangladesh, where his stubbornness in defending team strategy against popular opinion did him no favours at all. Lorgat's statements may have been in light of the doubt surrounding both candidates but I do believe it was a warning that another contender had been in the fray all along.

It is now reliably confirmed that Hashim Amla, de Villiers and du Plessis will present to the selectors their vision for the future of South African cricket and why they should be captain. Amla made it clear in the past that he wanted no leadership role but his change of heart has been very good news for South African cricket.

Added to the selectors' task, and one just as important, is that they need to decide on whether to keep the status quo of having the captaincy split three ways or do they look to change this? It was under Gary Kirsten's watch that South Africa went the route of three different captains. Granted, Graeme Smith was not playing much limited-overs cricket then, so Kirsten had no choice but to look at other possibilities. He decided to split the captaincy in the limited-overs formats between de Villiers and du Plessis. Odd at the time as one would have thought that de Villiers, who was the more senior and more established player, would be asked to do both. One can only surmise that Kirsten was either unsure of the long-term candidate and was giving both the opportunity to prove themselves, or he wanted to decrease de Villiers's workload.

Whatever the reason was, it's important now, with the rebuilding phase South African cricket is going through, that the leadership position not be fragmented as players would prefer to identify with one coach and one captain. It also makes no sense to do this when all three candidates play across all three formats and will for some time to come.

I recall the late Hylton Ackerman telling me in 2002 that Amla would go on to be a great player and future captain of South Africa. There was no one more knowledgeable on the game than Ackerman

So who is the best man to do all three jobs? I don't believe it is de Villiers or du Plessis. While they may not make bad captains they will not make memorable ones. They are too similar in their thinking and approach and doubt exists about their tactical feel and nous for the game. Another reason is not a cricketing one. They first played schoolboy cricket together. While de Villiers had a brilliant start to his international career, du Plessis battled for some time to get beyond first-class cricket. When he eventually broke into the international squad, a healthy competitive relationship between the two was immediately evident. However, I do fear this may become strained in the captaincy race. Both have made it quite clear that they want to be the top dog and I don't believe the loser will accept this graciously.

It would make things so much easier if one was clearly the better option but this is not so and the result could well be an unnecessary dynamic that will not be good for the team or their own games. Why potentially have this, when you have in Amla just as good if not a better option? It will be a massive blow for both de Villiers and du Plessis. One will go from incumbent captain and potential Test captain to a vice-captain at best. One will lose out altogether.

There is one more step to go and that's the most important of all. The overriding say in the appointment of South Africa's captain will be the board's. It would come as no surprise that their brief to the selectors is that they would favour a captain of colour. This could very well be why Amla has made himself available, and he may even have been persuaded to do so. CSA has made no bones about it, and this has been reflected in recent coaching appointments, that transformation and political correctness are higher on their agenda than ever before.

South Africa are yet to have a captain of colour (save for Ashwell Prince, who captained in two Tests) and the majority of those who are party to the decision will lobby hard for it. I will go so far as to say that Amla already has the job. I recall the late Hylton Ackerman telling me in 2002 that Amla, who was then part of his national academy squad, would go on to be a great player and future captain of South Africa. There was no one more knowledgeable on the game than Ackerman.

Personally, I believe Amla's appointment can only be good for South African cricket. If I read him correctly, he would be everything but the tough-talking, in-your-face stereotype captain we see too much of these days. A quietly spoken and deeply religious man, he might bring a calmness and serenity to a cricketing culture that has too often tripped up on its inability to think clearly and intelligently under pressure, and an ego that still refuses to accept and recognise this. I hope he will stay true to himself and the very image that he effortlessly and genuinely portrays. It would make for such a refreshing change for South Africa.

Some believe that he will not be strong enough to impose himself both on and off the field. A man who plays the way he does and so successfully, has to have a determination and steeliness that can only prove that opinion wrong. Not enough is known of his ability to inspire those around him, or whether he will leave everyone respectful of his tactical feel and appreciation for the game but I trust Ackerman's opinion on this. I look forward to seeing how Amla goes about his business and so too will the whole cricketing world because he will create that sort of interest.

Daryll Cullinan played 70 Tests for South Africa between 1993 and 2001

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  • Marktc on May 26, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Amla may be a brilliant cricketer, but is untested as leader and captain. Suggesting he will get the job as an AA move is also a little worrying, especially if he is being pushed into it. Will Amla have the intensity needed to inspire those around him. In the past he gave up the vice captaincy to concentrate on his batting, this may suggest that his batting may falter with the responsibility of being captain. SA is in a sad position of no strong candidate as test captain, and they will have to settle for the best of the rest. AB is the popular choice, but I have never been a fan of his captaincy. He is a batsman and that should be what he does. Faf, although not cemented in the side, does appear to be a better captain than AB. However, you cannot have a captain who is not an automatic selection. The problem lies with the coach though...who in my view will not be a good guide to any new leader.

  • bundybear55 on May 24, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    No point comparing the SA captain to Mark Taylor or Michael Clarke. Those guys only ever needed to concern themselves with cricketing matters, that is not the case for the SA captain who has a far greater and wide ranging responsibility. Other countries enjoy the luxury of selecting the best captain, SA has to select the best leader. Hashim Amla would be an inspired choice. He will be his own man just as Graeme Smith was when he was appointed. Interestingly it was Haroon Lorgat who was one of the main instigators of Smiths appointment and he is once again going to be at the forefront of this appointment. It's going to be a tough decision for the board, because Amla won't be wearing the obligatory sponsors cap at press conferences and award ceremonies and we all know how important that has become in the modern sporting world! The fact he is even being considered for the role speaks volumes for the esteem in which he is held in SA cricket and for me that makes him the natural choice.

  • eggyroe on May 23, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    Thank you @applethief for pointing out my faux pas,but in all honesty Cricket South Africa could do a lot worse than appointing Hashim Amla as Captain.He is in my opinion a World Class No.3, and with AB De Villiers at No.4,surely the foundation of a very strong middle order.

  • on May 23, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    i hope Hashim amla is the best capten

  • JAH123 on May 23, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    I disagree with Cullinan's reasoning, although I don't necessarily think Amla is a bad choice for captain. He says that we see too much of the "tough-talking, in-your-face stereotype captain" these days and seems to think Amla's "calmness and serenity" is the answer. However, it's tactical nous that matters and this isn't related to being tough or calm. Look at Michael Clarke and Mark Taylor - two completely different captains who (in my view) are both very good at the job. It doesn't matter that one gets aggressive with the opposition while the other calmly chews gum at slip. What primarily makes them both good captains is their shrewd thinking; that ability to be pro-active at the right time and not just let the game unfold; the willingness to take a risk if the possible reward warrants it. SA need a captain with that ability and attitude, and that is what the decision should be based on.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on May 23, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    Amla is the best batsman and cricket in the world today. no doubt about it.

    but i think SA are making a big mistake if they make him the captain. not doubting his abilities as captains but it will create a tense environment with Faf and AB who are already captains in odi and T20. now for both to loose out and then be Amla's captain in T20 and ODI would make for soap opera no less than a Days of our lives!!

    another main issue with it is that his batting form could go down quite quickly. captaining a side is not easy these days. SA could lose a batsman who has become the backbone of their side esp after kallis and smith retired. so if he is chosen for right or 'wrong' reasons (most likely wrong!), i reckon SA would have killed the goose that scores them golden Runs !

  • OneEyedAussie on May 23, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    As an introvert, I would love to see more introverted players in the captains role in test cricket. However, I would question whether Amla has the natural air of authority required to captain a team like SA.

    @anton_ego on (May 22, 2014, 9:30 GMT) : Not true about silly point. Ponting spent many hours fielding there while captain.

  • wrenx on May 23, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    @ eggyroe Jumping the gun a bit, he's not given the captaincy yet! I think he'd make a top captain, but I can't see CSA going for anyone by de Villiers. But I wouldn't be surprised if the captaincy is up for debate again in a couple of years' time

  • on May 22, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    Steohen Cook to replace Smith, as opener and captain would be my choice.

  • WeirdBeard420 on May 22, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    I was always under the impression that Hashim Amla did not want the captaincy, mainly because of the reasons that @Barry-john Wyman had previously stated. Anyway, it will be interesting to see what transpires.

  • Marktc on May 26, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Amla may be a brilliant cricketer, but is untested as leader and captain. Suggesting he will get the job as an AA move is also a little worrying, especially if he is being pushed into it. Will Amla have the intensity needed to inspire those around him. In the past he gave up the vice captaincy to concentrate on his batting, this may suggest that his batting may falter with the responsibility of being captain. SA is in a sad position of no strong candidate as test captain, and they will have to settle for the best of the rest. AB is the popular choice, but I have never been a fan of his captaincy. He is a batsman and that should be what he does. Faf, although not cemented in the side, does appear to be a better captain than AB. However, you cannot have a captain who is not an automatic selection. The problem lies with the coach though...who in my view will not be a good guide to any new leader.

  • bundybear55 on May 24, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    No point comparing the SA captain to Mark Taylor or Michael Clarke. Those guys only ever needed to concern themselves with cricketing matters, that is not the case for the SA captain who has a far greater and wide ranging responsibility. Other countries enjoy the luxury of selecting the best captain, SA has to select the best leader. Hashim Amla would be an inspired choice. He will be his own man just as Graeme Smith was when he was appointed. Interestingly it was Haroon Lorgat who was one of the main instigators of Smiths appointment and he is once again going to be at the forefront of this appointment. It's going to be a tough decision for the board, because Amla won't be wearing the obligatory sponsors cap at press conferences and award ceremonies and we all know how important that has become in the modern sporting world! The fact he is even being considered for the role speaks volumes for the esteem in which he is held in SA cricket and for me that makes him the natural choice.

  • eggyroe on May 23, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    Thank you @applethief for pointing out my faux pas,but in all honesty Cricket South Africa could do a lot worse than appointing Hashim Amla as Captain.He is in my opinion a World Class No.3, and with AB De Villiers at No.4,surely the foundation of a very strong middle order.

  • on May 23, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    i hope Hashim amla is the best capten

  • JAH123 on May 23, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    I disagree with Cullinan's reasoning, although I don't necessarily think Amla is a bad choice for captain. He says that we see too much of the "tough-talking, in-your-face stereotype captain" these days and seems to think Amla's "calmness and serenity" is the answer. However, it's tactical nous that matters and this isn't related to being tough or calm. Look at Michael Clarke and Mark Taylor - two completely different captains who (in my view) are both very good at the job. It doesn't matter that one gets aggressive with the opposition while the other calmly chews gum at slip. What primarily makes them both good captains is their shrewd thinking; that ability to be pro-active at the right time and not just let the game unfold; the willingness to take a risk if the possible reward warrants it. SA need a captain with that ability and attitude, and that is what the decision should be based on.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on May 23, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    Amla is the best batsman and cricket in the world today. no doubt about it.

    but i think SA are making a big mistake if they make him the captain. not doubting his abilities as captains but it will create a tense environment with Faf and AB who are already captains in odi and T20. now for both to loose out and then be Amla's captain in T20 and ODI would make for soap opera no less than a Days of our lives!!

    another main issue with it is that his batting form could go down quite quickly. captaining a side is not easy these days. SA could lose a batsman who has become the backbone of their side esp after kallis and smith retired. so if he is chosen for right or 'wrong' reasons (most likely wrong!), i reckon SA would have killed the goose that scores them golden Runs !

  • OneEyedAussie on May 23, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    As an introvert, I would love to see more introverted players in the captains role in test cricket. However, I would question whether Amla has the natural air of authority required to captain a team like SA.

    @anton_ego on (May 22, 2014, 9:30 GMT) : Not true about silly point. Ponting spent many hours fielding there while captain.

  • wrenx on May 23, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    @ eggyroe Jumping the gun a bit, he's not given the captaincy yet! I think he'd make a top captain, but I can't see CSA going for anyone by de Villiers. But I wouldn't be surprised if the captaincy is up for debate again in a couple of years' time

  • on May 22, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    Steohen Cook to replace Smith, as opener and captain would be my choice.

  • WeirdBeard420 on May 22, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    I was always under the impression that Hashim Amla did not want the captaincy, mainly because of the reasons that @Barry-john Wyman had previously stated. Anyway, it will be interesting to see what transpires.

  • rizwan1981 on May 22, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    Reading between the lines , it appears Faf is the best man to be the Captain but that would alienate the BEST PLAYER in the World AB - Therefore , SA is looking for a compromise leader . Why not consider STEYN until Elgar can become a permanent member of the team.

  • eggyroe on May 22, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    As an Englishman,South Africa have pulled yet another absolute cracker from the rabbit's hat in appointing Hashim Amla as captain of the Test Team.Over the years in all parts of the world the vice captain swans along following the captains coat tails apparently learning the tricks of the trade,but when handed the baton they are absolutely useless.South Africa Selectors in their last 2 appointees to be captain of their test team are definitely ahead of the game.I wish Hashim Amla all the best in his appointment,but not against England!.

  • NixNixon on May 22, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    I would appoint Dean Elgar, and give de kock the glove, also we need to drop morne morkel he has had enough opportunities, vernon not at number 7 , also alviro peterson is too inconsistent, tahir also game over, just too much of a lucky packet player. I suggest the following team,

    Elgar (c), Van Zyl, Amla, De Villier, Du Plessis, de kock (w), JP (allroudner) philander parnell, Steyn, de lange or Viljoen - someone with serious pace and aggession to back steyn

  • CricketChat on May 22, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    In opinion, ABD is still the best choice for Tests and ODIs. He is open, outspoken, respected for his ability to produce his best under pressure. Amla is more like India's Sachin. Obviously, they both are great batsmen, but not much of leaders as they worry more about keeping up their own performance than the rest of team members. Unless ABD is unwilling to take on captaincy role, he should be the default choice.

  • vrn59 on May 22, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    This is an interesting conundrum for the SA selectors. AB hasn't convinced in his role as ODI captain and is overburdened as it is in the Test team. du Plessis might make for a decent captain, but his Test career is still in its infancy (although so was Graeme Smith's, when he was appointed captain). I would still prefer a player better established in the Test team; du Plessis is not a senior, experienced cricketer despite being of similar age to AB. Amla has never welcomed a leadership role in the past, but has now changed his mind. It would be a gamble to throw an untested captain into the role of Test captaincy, and might even take a toll on his batting, which would be disastrous for him and the team. But I might still give him a go... sometimes even the 'nice guys' can be good captains, and I think he deserves an opportunity to try and prove his leadership credentials. Still, its looks like a pretty close battle.

  • on May 22, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    I would have Amla as captain. He's get the respect of the players already. He's got the calming effect on his players as well. You don't have to be a big mouth to be a good captain. He will not be a dictator as a captain. I see him as a person who would ask for the input of the senior guys and captain as a team to help south Africa become more successful than now. He is my captain, my captain. My vote is with Amla.

  • on May 22, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    amla is best choice for maby reasons first his record spoke for him...second his own commitment to game...third his attitude and paitance .

  • TommytuckerSaffa on May 22, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    The more articles I read about Amla being captain, the more I am starting to be convinced. Perhaps at Test level he would be ideal. Cool and calm head, prizes his wicket and a clever player who works out problems.

    In the T20 world cup Amla was opening the batting, he didnt have the obvious T20 openers game plan - but he worked one out from himself and resulting in being one of SAs top scores. He is a thinker. Good leaders dont have to have big mouths.

    Faff for me has blown it in more ways than one. I would have AB captain both ODI and T20.

  • on May 22, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    Hashim Amla should not be burdened with the captaincy , he should just score runs . Hash doesn't need the selection squabble meetings , politician pleasing meetings , mundane press conferences .....

  • anton_ego on May 22, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    This is a no-brainer. Got to be Faf. There are many reasons for that. Gone are the days when the captain walked out to bat at the top (at least in limited overs cricket). These days, successful captains always come to finish off the game. It generates respect among players and pride in the job. For example, Dhoni, Misbah, McCullum and Clarke. Some of the things a successful captain like a Dhoni or a Clarke do on the field, an Amla cannot do. The stare Dhoni gives at a fielder when he drops a catch, it can convey the msg 100 times stronger than words. SA needs such an authoritative and commanding captain. Amla won't continue as silly point fielder which is not a place for a captain due to ego. ABDe, even though i am a big fan, has never delivered when the weight of the world is upon him. Take for example 2011 WC QF, 2013 Champions trophy SF, 2014 T20WC SF, etc. Not a good track record for an aspiring captain. It's definitely Faf for me.

  • on May 22, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Amla will be a better captain read out why?????

  • Vaughanographic on May 22, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Although I like the idea of Amla as captain, he has been very reluctant to lead in the past and previously resigned as provincial skipper. The pressures of test captaincy are far more intense and I would not want this to impact on his batting.

    Hand AB the captaincy, he is ready and prepared for it, and I doubt it would impact on his batting too much (assuming he gives up keeping).

    If one wants to go left field though (which I don't) - what about the tenacious Dean Elgar?

  • rizwan1981 on May 22, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    AB is the BEST BATSMAN in the world - If he is burdened with the captaincy , it would affect his batting - Therefore , Faf would be the ideal choice to captain Test and ODI with Duminy leading the T 20 . Amla is too polite to be a captain .

    The problem is whether AB would like to play under Faf ? If that is the case , Steyn should be considered.

  • army7782 on May 22, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    my choice is hashim amla.....the best candidate for test captaincy

  • PVPLRockers on May 22, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    What about alviro pieterson? Is he better than HASH,AB and FAF?

  • on May 22, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    I'd go with Cull. Three formats, three captains. not sure how many would agree this but I'd say, leave AB out of this. Amla for tests and ODIs; Far for T20s

  • on May 22, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    @cricket_ahan - you don't believe Faf is good enough to be consistently part of the Test XI? He's only played 14 Tests, but has scored 996 runs at an average of over 52. Not sure what more you can expect from him?

  • on May 22, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Calm Amla will suit all the format than explosive AB and Unique Faf, In the long run with the retirement of Jack and Smith it will take some time to build a good bunch to compete 2015 WC for their first major trophy.

  • on May 22, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    AB Devilliers is going to be good at leading ODI & T20I teams (no need for Faf to be T20I Captain). Amla is the best choice for Test Captain. Results: South African Cricket will flourish more.

  • cricket_ahan on May 22, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    I don't see how Faf can be a valid choice, largely because I don't believe he has the goods to consistently be part of the best XI in terms of playing ability. He is a good batsman yes, but not great. de Villiers or Amla on the other hand are experts in this field, which in itself is evidence of their ability to read the game well and perform at a high level. The captain always sets a benchmark, and both AB and Amla are amongst the elite in this team. de Villiers for me is the obvious choice, though maybe I am missing something because if that was the case he would have been appointed captain already. But he is the team's best batsman, a good tactician, has a good amount of experience in all formats, and generally has a decent head on his shoulders. Oh, and he also keeps wicket.

  • D-Coach on May 22, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    My Choice is Faf... He has some uniqueness combining both Amla and ABD. But whoever captain RSA will rock always in international stage especially in Tests.

  • okeabhijit on May 22, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    I agree with Cullinan's views here..... Amla looks the best choice for SA in all 3 formats currently. Let De Viliers be a Wicket-keeper batsman & Faf be Vice Captain.

  • on May 22, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    it will be a great choice As he (Amla ) brings lots of calmness to the side which is the need of test cricket ....Love you Amla as Human,as Muslim,as cricketer as everything else,,big fan Sabawoon Ghani (Habibi)

  • on May 22, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    I am not sure how much I agree with the rift that may arise between ABD and Faf if one of them gets the job. That said, from the time, Amla announced his interest in the job, I want him to be given the chance. I think he'll be a good leader and plus, he only bats so has the space to taken on the additional responsibility. I have always wanted ABD to be the next captain but I fear(Like with Kohli) that it may impact his batting in the long run. I would rather watch ABD and Kohli become 2 of the greatest batsman of this generation(which they already are) than being great captains. Amla's appointment will also free ABD and faf to concentrate on their batting more which is essential for SA to suceed in the world cup. Go Amla!

  • on May 22, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    It is a very delicate predicament for CSA and south African team as a whole. i don't see ABD and Faff any better options than Amla. But who knows. May be Amla will bring the calmness which the author spoke about but is that what SA need at the moment. Look how Australia transformed with their same rude audacious approach. May be that doesn't work with SA but the may be it will.

    Whatever. whoever will be the Captain will inherit a huge gap to fill and a lot of egos to tame.

    So i don't any of the three options doing that. It is a very tricky choice but i would like to have Amla as a future Test Captain.

    Unsure still........

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  • on May 22, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    It is a very delicate predicament for CSA and south African team as a whole. i don't see ABD and Faff any better options than Amla. But who knows. May be Amla will bring the calmness which the author spoke about but is that what SA need at the moment. Look how Australia transformed with their same rude audacious approach. May be that doesn't work with SA but the may be it will.

    Whatever. whoever will be the Captain will inherit a huge gap to fill and a lot of egos to tame.

    So i don't any of the three options doing that. It is a very tricky choice but i would like to have Amla as a future Test Captain.

    Unsure still........

  • on May 22, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    I am not sure how much I agree with the rift that may arise between ABD and Faf if one of them gets the job. That said, from the time, Amla announced his interest in the job, I want him to be given the chance. I think he'll be a good leader and plus, he only bats so has the space to taken on the additional responsibility. I have always wanted ABD to be the next captain but I fear(Like with Kohli) that it may impact his batting in the long run. I would rather watch ABD and Kohli become 2 of the greatest batsman of this generation(which they already are) than being great captains. Amla's appointment will also free ABD and faf to concentrate on their batting more which is essential for SA to suceed in the world cup. Go Amla!

  • on May 22, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    it will be a great choice As he (Amla ) brings lots of calmness to the side which is the need of test cricket ....Love you Amla as Human,as Muslim,as cricketer as everything else,,big fan Sabawoon Ghani (Habibi)

  • okeabhijit on May 22, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    I agree with Cullinan's views here..... Amla looks the best choice for SA in all 3 formats currently. Let De Viliers be a Wicket-keeper batsman & Faf be Vice Captain.

  • D-Coach on May 22, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    My Choice is Faf... He has some uniqueness combining both Amla and ABD. But whoever captain RSA will rock always in international stage especially in Tests.

  • cricket_ahan on May 22, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    I don't see how Faf can be a valid choice, largely because I don't believe he has the goods to consistently be part of the best XI in terms of playing ability. He is a good batsman yes, but not great. de Villiers or Amla on the other hand are experts in this field, which in itself is evidence of their ability to read the game well and perform at a high level. The captain always sets a benchmark, and both AB and Amla are amongst the elite in this team. de Villiers for me is the obvious choice, though maybe I am missing something because if that was the case he would have been appointed captain already. But he is the team's best batsman, a good tactician, has a good amount of experience in all formats, and generally has a decent head on his shoulders. Oh, and he also keeps wicket.

  • on May 22, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    AB Devilliers is going to be good at leading ODI & T20I teams (no need for Faf to be T20I Captain). Amla is the best choice for Test Captain. Results: South African Cricket will flourish more.

  • on May 22, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Calm Amla will suit all the format than explosive AB and Unique Faf, In the long run with the retirement of Jack and Smith it will take some time to build a good bunch to compete 2015 WC for their first major trophy.

  • on May 22, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    @cricket_ahan - you don't believe Faf is good enough to be consistently part of the Test XI? He's only played 14 Tests, but has scored 996 runs at an average of over 52. Not sure what more you can expect from him?

  • on May 22, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    I'd go with Cull. Three formats, three captains. not sure how many would agree this but I'd say, leave AB out of this. Amla for tests and ODIs; Far for T20s