South Africa news June 6, 2011

AB de Villiers named ODI and T20 captain

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AB de Villiers has been named South Africa's one-day and Twenty20 international captain, succeeding Graeme Smith, who had stood down following the 2011 World Cup but will remain the Test captain. Hashim Amla has been named vice-captain in both limited-over formats, while de Villiers is also Smith's deputy in the Test team.

South Africa's newly-appointed coach, Gary Kirsten, said the additional responsibility given to de Villiers, who will now have to be senior batsman, wicketkeeper and captain in the limited-over formats, had not yet been considered. "We have had one conversation about it and we will talk about it further," Kirsten said.

de Villiers didn't appear to be burdened by the additional tasks either. "There is a lot of responsibility on my shoulders and I am really looking forward to it," he said at a press conference in Johannesburg. "I am obviously very excited and ready to learn. I am really looking forward to this whole challenge. I will work closely with Hashim and the coach. I have been through some ups and downs in my career and I am ready to take on anything."

de Villiers' dual appointment is in keeping with convenor of selectors Andrew Hudson's vision that there would be continuity in captaincy. Hudson had said in April that the next one-day captain would be likely to become the next Test captain as well.

Kirsten said there was a "general feeling" that de Villiers was the right man for the job because of his certainty in the starting XI. "I think it's important that you are looking at an individual whose name is the first or second on the team sheet, that does play a role," he said.

Johan Botha, who was appointed Smith's successor in the Twenty20 format in August 2010 has effectively been stripped of the captaincy. CSA chief executive Gerald Majola said that Botha had been informed of the news by telephone. "Everyone understands that we are selecting new captains and coaches and we just had to get hold of Johan and tell him he wasn't selected." Botha could well lose his place in the side because of the rise of Pakistan-born legspinner Imran Tahir and the return to form of Robin Peterson.

There was some speculation that Amla had been approached to take over the captaincy but had turned it down. He denied any such reports. Amla said he was happy with his vice-captain appointment because he considered himself an "under-the-radar character."

"I did take a long time to think about it, I feel it is a huge responsibility. AB as captain for me is an excellent move, I have always respected him as a person," Amla said. "I don't think I am a big enough person to handle the captaincy. I turned down the Dolphins captaincy and I decided afterward that I would stick to my batting, and when this came up I took it. It is a perfect fit for me."

Amla captained the Dolphins for one season in 2004-05 and he stepped down to concentrate on his batting, despite scoring 249 in the SuperSport Series final. He has only played three T20s and may be regarded as a surprise choice for the vice-captaincy in that format. "My career has gone in stages," he said. "The next one for me will be to establish myself as a world class T20 player."

Smith, who was also present at the press conference, said he had no regrets about stepping down as one-day captain and at no stage did he reconsider his decision. After eight years of captaining the ODI team, Smith said he was ready to relinquish the leadership and contribute as a senior player, while allowing de Villiers to grow into his new role.

"I am looking forward to having more freedom in the shorter formats of the game and to enjoying my cricket again," he said. "I said to AB it is very important that he establishes himself in the job and finds his way. I will always be supportive if he needs me. He will need senior players to support him and I feel I will be a good shoulder for him to lean on."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • POSTED BY StPat on | June 9, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Firdose, spare me...Johan Botha is so far ahead, in all depatments, to Robin Peterson. Peterson has long been CSA's love child, being selected for numerous tours and tournaments over the past decade and being spectacularly unsuccessful. Yes, he had a fairly decent WC but he needs to display far greater consistency before he's even mentioned in the same breath at Johan Botha.

    Robin Peterson was, is and will remain a quota selection until he shows consistency against leading nations.

    I personally don't believe he has the skill to do that, but is a useful political pawn.

  • POSTED BY the26boom on | June 8, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    i think ab and kirsten is going 2 bring the golden age of s.a cricket.... i think the south african ODI line up for the home series shud be 1.ingram 2.amla 3.smith 4.kallis 5.de villiers 6.duminey 7. du plessi 8.a.morkel 9.steyn 10.m.morkel 11.tahir... gud luck ab n s.a....u guys deserve a golden age n a world cup...cheers

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Johan Botha should have been given a chance.............

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    It really doesn't matter who South Africa's coach is. It's like they have a gene or something in them thats cursed. Their ineptitude under pressure is laughable, put mildly. All that talent, and it all goes to waste, every single time.

    Makes no difference if Viv Richards of Sir Gary Soberts is appointed coach, South Africa W I L L choke!

    Don't get me wrong. They're ridiculously talented and play some magnificent cricket, but apply pressure and * cough, cough, sputter, sputter * DIE :(

  • POSTED BY sapkotarupak1 on | June 8, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    something like this was desperetly needed......de villers definately right way for sa cricket......lets watchout for sa....

  • POSTED BY Madselector on | June 8, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    ABD will not make a great captain with his soft nature... Might go down in the likes of Sachin, Dravid or even Vettori who are all great but cannot command their team like Ganguly, Ponting or Dhoni...

  • POSTED BY InnocentGuy on | June 7, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    I just noticed that AB currently has 4741 runs in Tests. And his current average is 47.41!

  • POSTED BY Maddy1337 on | June 7, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    A great decision...AB has been a top player in all formats and is one of the(if not the) best batsman when u consider all formats across the globe...he is a great wicket keeper...amla is a surprise for the T20s but he has also been very consistent...hope AB gets the success he and SA deserve..kallis could have been appointed vice-captain but i cant say how big a difference that will make

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    So after the WC, when one Wicket keeper captain resigns,another is being appointed!!

  • POSTED BY kunal75 on | June 7, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    smart move by south african cricket board......AB is loved through out the world an is my favourite south african player too.......besides that I think AB is the right choice for captaincy as he is an asset for the team and he should be used to his full potential......I think SA will be he best team for the next few years as they have the best coach and a new experienced captain in the form of AB...BEST OF LUCK AB!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY StPat on | June 9, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Firdose, spare me...Johan Botha is so far ahead, in all depatments, to Robin Peterson. Peterson has long been CSA's love child, being selected for numerous tours and tournaments over the past decade and being spectacularly unsuccessful. Yes, he had a fairly decent WC but he needs to display far greater consistency before he's even mentioned in the same breath at Johan Botha.

    Robin Peterson was, is and will remain a quota selection until he shows consistency against leading nations.

    I personally don't believe he has the skill to do that, but is a useful political pawn.

  • POSTED BY the26boom on | June 8, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    i think ab and kirsten is going 2 bring the golden age of s.a cricket.... i think the south african ODI line up for the home series shud be 1.ingram 2.amla 3.smith 4.kallis 5.de villiers 6.duminey 7. du plessi 8.a.morkel 9.steyn 10.m.morkel 11.tahir... gud luck ab n s.a....u guys deserve a golden age n a world cup...cheers

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Johan Botha should have been given a chance.............

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    It really doesn't matter who South Africa's coach is. It's like they have a gene or something in them thats cursed. Their ineptitude under pressure is laughable, put mildly. All that talent, and it all goes to waste, every single time.

    Makes no difference if Viv Richards of Sir Gary Soberts is appointed coach, South Africa W I L L choke!

    Don't get me wrong. They're ridiculously talented and play some magnificent cricket, but apply pressure and * cough, cough, sputter, sputter * DIE :(

  • POSTED BY sapkotarupak1 on | June 8, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    something like this was desperetly needed......de villers definately right way for sa cricket......lets watchout for sa....

  • POSTED BY Madselector on | June 8, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    ABD will not make a great captain with his soft nature... Might go down in the likes of Sachin, Dravid or even Vettori who are all great but cannot command their team like Ganguly, Ponting or Dhoni...

  • POSTED BY InnocentGuy on | June 7, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    I just noticed that AB currently has 4741 runs in Tests. And his current average is 47.41!

  • POSTED BY Maddy1337 on | June 7, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    A great decision...AB has been a top player in all formats and is one of the(if not the) best batsman when u consider all formats across the globe...he is a great wicket keeper...amla is a surprise for the T20s but he has also been very consistent...hope AB gets the success he and SA deserve..kallis could have been appointed vice-captain but i cant say how big a difference that will make

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    So after the WC, when one Wicket keeper captain resigns,another is being appointed!!

  • POSTED BY kunal75 on | June 7, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    smart move by south african cricket board......AB is loved through out the world an is my favourite south african player too.......besides that I think AB is the right choice for captaincy as he is an asset for the team and he should be used to his full potential......I think SA will be he best team for the next few years as they have the best coach and a new experienced captain in the form of AB...BEST OF LUCK AB!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | June 7, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    Awesome News. My favourite player for years, exciting, attacking and a great guy. Congrats AB. Having Hashim at VC is also great news, just deserves. Looking forward to the upcoming games. Whooop whooooop

  • POSTED BY MAHMOOD-AB-PK on | June 7, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    THE PERFECT AND WISE MOVE BY CSA MAHMOOD FROM LAHORE PAKISTAN

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Thank you Gary, India will always love you!!! best wishes, do well, but not against India plz :)

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | June 7, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Wise move for me AB and Amla are the future and makes total sense and Botha captainingn t20 never made sense to me as he was never the future, even more so now with Tahir in the side. I dont like the idea of AB keepiing wickets and captaining in test (ok not now but soon!!) - that's an awful lot to ask and the worry is how it'll impact his batting. If he loses his free spirited approach to strokeplay may affect his game too much. Strange to think Kallis will never captain SA but there are others like him (Warne, Murali).

  • POSTED BY Enots on | June 7, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Definitely the man for the job now, a super bat, keeper and role model for a lot of aspiring cricketers around the world. Looking forward to an interesting era for SA cricket :)))

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Why all the fuss about Botha? How many realise that he started out as a batsmen and medium pacer? He then started bowling some spin, which for some reason impressed the then Warriors coach Mickey Arthur. Boom into the SA side - talk about fast-tracking somebody! At last the selectors have a genuine spinner on hand in Imran Tahir. All the posts above say he has to prove himself - why? Botha didn't and besides Tahir has a fantastic amount of experience playing for many different sides in different conditiions. Furthermore he does not have a "dodgy" bowling action and can bowl his full repitoire unlike Botha. So all in all, I think a great choice in AB and Hash, both great guys and team men. Pity they did not make a complete change and include the test side as well.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    I love South African cricket and a fan and i think gary kiresten is perfect for their team. Kiresten himself made SA proud before not its time for him to lead SA again. All the well wishes for him and South African !

  • POSTED BY Vikramaditya100 on | June 7, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    I hope AB does not keep wickets anymore............He is too good a batsman..............And we miss his fielding at point/cover............ SA, please get a new WK............................Don't put more pressure on AB...............

  • POSTED BY Ronsars on | June 7, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    @Muneeb_Dawood:I guess you are high...Your choice is ridiculous to say the least...Nice move by CSA...Good Luck AB & Gary

  • POSTED BY Woody111 on | June 7, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    @Muneeb - you surely are not serious! Harris as test captain?!? Kirsten is the most sought after coach in world cricket. I wish we had him in Aus. In fact I'd take Donald over Tim Nielsen. De Villiers is the future (and present) of South African cricket, Amla is a gun and you have one of the best top orders and pace attacks in the world. This is a great move by your board; now is time for South Africa to take on India and England home and away and go for the top test spot.

  • POSTED BY K.A.K on | June 7, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    SA need to play more cricket. it provides great entertainment to cricket fans and it would be great to see more of it. Congrats to AB & HA for their appointment!

  • POSTED BY xylo on | June 7, 2011, 0:40 GMT

    i feel botha got a raw deal. he was a deserving vice-captain if not captain.

  • POSTED BY Bhrams on | June 6, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    What's with all the anti-Smith comments? Guys, give him a break. He was captain for 8 years and not for nothing. He led SA to Test series wins in Aus, Eng, WI, Pak and NZ and had two drawn series in India. In doing so, he also led from the front with the bat and didn't just tag on to a great team. Test cricket remains the ultimate form of the game. I'm glad that Smith has not been sacked from the Test captaincy and been given the choice to go on his own terms.

  • POSTED BY Masud_BITK on | June 6, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    Smith should be fully removed from the ODI and T20. He can barely consider as a test player even NOT again captain. However, it is always better NOT to see him around the team. We saw his performance as a player and captain during the last world cup. I highly appreciate Amla, he did not take up the captain offer, it is realy too early for him. He also struggled during the world cup. He should 100% concentrate on his batting only to be a great player. Botha was a real T20 cricket and I think, he is still on top in SA. He could retain captain there..wonderful down order hitter and one of best T20 bowlers. How could you remove him from T20 team? I. Tahir is OK but he needs to prove himself first.

  • POSTED BY DaGameChanger on | June 6, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    AB-D is Monster. He is great fielder, great batsman, good WK and hopefully will be the best captain for SA. Nothing but RESPECT for this dude.

  • POSTED BY AB_DeVilliers on | June 6, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    What the heck happened here? I can't believe SA just did this! I would have picked: Omar Henry as coach, Kepler Wessels as assitant coach, Paul Adams as bowling coach (so that SA can pick-up freaky wickets cheaply). Captains: Test - Paul Harris; ODIs - Lonwabo Tsotsobe; T20 - David Miller. SA need a complete make-over, and this will do it. Also, they need to revolutionise cricket the way Hansie did - let's pick a squad which includes a specialist waterboy. Why not? That way, SA can be game changers! Scenario: they need 20 runs from 6 balls - send in the specialist waterboy to cool the guys down. I think JP will do it well. After all, he has shown an aptitude for the position by a sheer lack of runs. Granted, Ashwell will push him close, that's for sure! Now they choose Kirsten, Donald and Domingo. My goodness, here we Domin'GO' again.

  • POSTED BY hansie_gill_ on | June 6, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    Let's See Gary and AB could remove tage of chokers..............Why the biggest joker (smith )is still there in the test squad......SA board should try to find the talent (D jacobs,Miller, Elger,Rossow,Cj Devilliers,levi....) not just change the coach and captain.....I respect Garry because I have seen Him through his carrier 1992-93 to 2003.......GOOD LUCK for chokers and JOKERS... ???????

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    I like the mutual respect SA players and leadership demonstrate for each other and the support they would provide. My dream is to see that Pakistan develop into side where players are respected and Captains are retained and then transition is orderly. Is that possible! Yes, when the get rid of low self-esteem leadership of Mr. Ijaz Butt.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Keeper cum captain.. AB is gona incline SAF to greater heights....

  • POSTED BY wondercloak on | June 6, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Not all batsmen struggle - look at Strauss's average as captain and his is superior compared to when not captain. These are great selections all round - can't wait to see the boys in action

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Gary looking to have a wicket keeping captain in SA like the Indian counterpart...good luck to him.

  • POSTED BY funkyandy on | June 6, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Really pleased for my 2 favourite SA players - AB rules & Amla is the most beautiful batsman SA have had since re-admission. One point though - I hope AB will STOP being the wicketkeeper. He's the best fielder since the great man Jonty and he's currently wasting his talent keeping wicket... let him concentrate on batting and captaincy.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Boys -- and girls -- Botha has a good cricketing mind and I hope his service will be used for proteas for future instead of keeping him out of squad to someone's personal issues.

  • POSTED BY donda on | June 6, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    AB is a deserving player to become the captain of SA. He is next big thing in cricket and extremely innovative batsman.

    Lets see how much AB chock . Time will tell us.

  • POSTED BY Kratos2waR on | June 6, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    I am pretty sure that CSA are headed in the right direction. This move could do what it did to the Indian Team. Kirsten as coach with Dhoni wk/captain. AB is a far superior batsman, but with Kirsten by his side his captaincy could probably do wonders for team SA too.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    World Cups whould not be criteria for success of captains.

  • POSTED BY Major_Hammad on | June 6, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Congratulation to AB Devilliers and Hashim Amla for new responsibilities, Hopefully Two best batsman will do much better in capitancy and voice capitancy!!!!!!!! Best of luck!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY mogan707 on | June 6, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    As Expected AB de Villers is captain.He must make sure under his captaincy,the team performs under pressure and help the team wipe the name of "choke" tag against their team.AB has himself to disprove that even after his dismissal the team won't panic.In WC 2011 QF match his wicket was main reason for a panic.In the group match against England his wicket again filled jitters in their camp and eventually lost. So producing efficient match winners at the sixth and seventh positions is a crucial thing for SA to perform as a team since Cronje.

  • POSTED BY Lovetesh on | June 6, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Gary puts in same set up as with India....Dhoni as WC, batsman and captain same for AB. It remains to be seen can AB repeat what Dhoni has achieved in these roles? Good luck to both AB and Gary!!

  • POSTED BY rogiebone11 on | June 6, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    @AB's captaincy: Everyone is saying a great move (Me too) but there are some questions too 1. Why he was not appointed Smith's deputy ? 2. Why Botha was handed over T20I captaincy for a short period of time ? 3. Amla is a great batsman BUT captained domestic team once, is he the right choice for vice-captaincy? "It is not necessary that Great batsman will be great captains too"

    Best of Luck for Ab, Amla and Cricket SA

    From your Pakistani bro

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    I am big fan of AB_D, he has great batting technique unlike SA's previous captain, I hope AB_D's great batting technique and temperament reflects in captaincy and bring some real good results to SA ( but not against India)

  • POSTED BY shameerabdevilliers on | June 6, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    the new king for the proteas!!nd he is the best king ofcourse!!!!with the help of gary nd allan the new-born south african cricket team is gna rule the world cricket!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    wonder hows kirsten gonna spend more tym wid family!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    SA does not have a series till October but till then SL vll complete 2 series against Eng n Aus..also India would complete 2 series against WI and Eng also Eng would also complete ...Also NZ does nt have a series till Nov. These 2 teams can atleast put a series bw them.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | June 6, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    as a neutral, this appears to be a good decision....what a team SA would have been if those that left for England were kept in the team, think, KP, Trott and Dernbach would be great additions to SA...

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | June 6, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    With presumably Boucher continuing as test keeper - and rightly so - AB can't really be required long term to be the keeper in the shorter form of the game; it's just too much. Will it therefore be Van Wyk or Kuhn for the keeper's spot in the shorter forms of the game.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    Now bring in GIBBS and sack SMITH from team ...........................

  • POSTED BY nickydude on | June 6, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Well, again not to being a party pooper. If you look in hindsight, nuttin wrong with SA cricket structure. It's just that one single pressure match in each knock out tournaments which takes out all their fizz! Will AB revive them, cuz, he himself has been a culprit for throwing his wicket on many occasions, including the QF against NZ in WC 2011. Will the added burden of captaincy make or break him ? Time will tell, till then SA cricket wil always b sadly known as CHOKERS :)

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    i think this is a good decision by south african board really....outstanding batsmen ...hope to do well in capatancy

  • POSTED BY nithincbe on | June 6, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    All Batsmen struggle for their batting as a captain lets see AB....

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    The perfect man for the job ..... nice choice i must say .... but the thing to look forward is how it will effect his batting

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    good choice by cricket sa. Ab is an amazing cricketer, great keeper, great batsman. He has all the captaincy-related traits in my view.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    can't be better than that foe SA

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    I m really Happy with The selection Specially Deviller's Selection as RSA's One day Captain.. C'mon AB.... GO GO GO....

  • POSTED BY manig4 on | June 6, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Wise decision by the Board of Southafrican cricket council, but i have fear that gray can anything in this way, so hope Southafrica will get first worldcup,T20 cup,test 1st rank and so on, but We are not died here a voice from India..lol

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Way to go AB!! Hope there is a change in SA's fortunes now

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Now with new captain...

    Go SA go...

    We want some exciting results...

  • POSTED BY smhbkasemi on | June 6, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Amla is the vice captain of T20. He came in Test, scored like 80 strike rate, played ODI-scored like 120 strike rate. Now he will play T20. who knows he may score like 6-a-side match. Wish ABD and Amla best of luck.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    congartulation devilliers on ur appointment,,,,,bt would lik to see u as a test capatain more n amla appointing as a vice captain is also atrumendous decision,,,,,,,,,,,,it will definately da sa cricket.....................

  • POSTED BY imesh89 on | June 6, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Wish u all da best AB...!!!! You're such a wonderful cricketer and even more a person..:) love to see u batting..

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Go AB!!! All d best... Hope Gary brings 2015 WC to SA

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    THIS IS AWESOME.. expected.. i think new era in cricket for sa begins.. hope gary does it again.. let de villiers get some luck tat dhoni has.. smith must work hard on batting.. he is d best.. kallis must do sachin.. then it ll be d complete team.. it is a complete team but it needs luck too..:)

  • POSTED BY Jael on | June 6, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Hope he does well..... wonder who's test captain....

  • POSTED BY Hari28395 on | June 6, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    Think this is the right choice. I feel AB is a bit more enthusiastic and lets hope that he doesnt carry the burden of being chokers!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    Yep, Gary, Allan and AB, sounds like great team to me.

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  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    Yep, Gary, Allan and AB, sounds like great team to me.

  • POSTED BY Hari28395 on | June 6, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    Think this is the right choice. I feel AB is a bit more enthusiastic and lets hope that he doesnt carry the burden of being chokers!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Jael on | June 6, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Hope he does well..... wonder who's test captain....

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    THIS IS AWESOME.. expected.. i think new era in cricket for sa begins.. hope gary does it again.. let de villiers get some luck tat dhoni has.. smith must work hard on batting.. he is d best.. kallis must do sachin.. then it ll be d complete team.. it is a complete team but it needs luck too..:)

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Go AB!!! All d best... Hope Gary brings 2015 WC to SA

  • POSTED BY imesh89 on | June 6, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Wish u all da best AB...!!!! You're such a wonderful cricketer and even more a person..:) love to see u batting..

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    congartulation devilliers on ur appointment,,,,,bt would lik to see u as a test capatain more n amla appointing as a vice captain is also atrumendous decision,,,,,,,,,,,,it will definately da sa cricket.....................

  • POSTED BY smhbkasemi on | June 6, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Amla is the vice captain of T20. He came in Test, scored like 80 strike rate, played ODI-scored like 120 strike rate. Now he will play T20. who knows he may score like 6-a-side match. Wish ABD and Amla best of luck.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Now with new captain...

    Go SA go...

    We want some exciting results...

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Way to go AB!! Hope there is a change in SA's fortunes now