South Africa news June 5, 2014

'Disappointed' de Villiers pledges support for Amla

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AB de Villiers has admitted "disappointment" at being overlooked as South Africa's next Test leader but has pledged his full support for new captain Hashim Amla. De Villiers was considered the frontrunner for the position Graeme Smith vacated in March and in an interview with ESPNcricinfo had declared himself "ready" to lead and give up the wicket-keeping gloves if necessary, but that was not enough to convince the selection panel.

"I will not beat around the bush. I'm disappointed that I'm not the captain," de Villiers told the Afrikaans newspaper Beeld. "Everyone has dreams and ambitions and hopes they will become reality but I accept the situation and will not let it come between me and Hashim. It would be very stupid of me if I let it affect my game and my role in the team. The choice is made. I wish Hashim all the best and will give him all of my support."

Although neither de Villiers nor convener of selectors Andrew Hudson would reveal when the former was informed about the decision, Hudson explained at Amla's appointment on Tuesday that all the candidates for captaincy were consulted and gave their support to the selectors' choice.

"Processes were followed. We've spoken to the guys who were close and that little group of senior players are all supportive of Hashim," Hudson said. "We said to the guys 'This is what's coming' and the guys said they were behind it 100%. There's this group of senior players - Dale (Steyn), Morne (Morkel), Faf (du Plessis), AB, JP (Duminy) - that are behind Hashim and they respect him. He hasn't just got two or three guys that support him, he has got a core."

Amla also had the backing of his predecessor Smith, who tweeted a message, part of which read, "Congrats my bud and excited to watch you shape proteas test future," while recent retiree Jacques Kallis called Amla's promotion "well deserved."

The reasons for the selection committee's unanimous recommendation of Amla, which the board ratified, was put down to "deciding who we thought was best for the job," Hudson said, with a focus on ensuring the transition phase will be as smooth as possible. "Hashim is solid and sets an example and he can continue the team culture going forward," Hudson said. "One of the great things is that 90% of what the team needs to be successful is already there and needs to be continued and I think Hashim's leadership style will suit this continuum."

Amla's previous reluctance to lead - as recently as last year he stepped down as vice-captain of the limited-overs squads - was not a concern for the selectors, who understood his thinking at that time. "It was about trying to get his batting right. Hashim is quite intentional. His intention was to get his batting right and he felt that was first port of call," Hudson said. "Now that he is at that point where he is more comfortable than what he was with his batting, he feels he can contribute in other areas. Captaincy is one where he can leave a deposit that will far outlast the runs that he scores. He can influence youngsters and he is good with people."

Hudson also denied the selectors were motivated by any desire to break up a small controlling group, which the likes of Herschelle Gibbs had claimed was in operation. In his biography Gibbs said Smith, Kallis, Mark Boucher and de Villiers controlled the team and there were lingering whispers that power balance remained in place. "I don't know how much of a clique there really was," Hudson said. "I think a lot of it was speculation."

Hudson also brushed aside talk there was political pressure involved in Amla's appointment, rather focusing on the positives of giving South Africa's its first full-time captain of colour. "It's great that we've got a player of colour as a captain but it wasn't the reason why we chose him. We chose him on merit and in terms of his ability and on what we think the team needs in this next era."

Ultimately, the choice between Amla and de Villiers may have been made by, as one insider put it, the need to "maintain team stability" at a time of great change. With Smith and Kallis retiring in quick succession and leaving gaps to be plugged in the batting line-up, using a rookie keeper may not have been in the plans.

That means, not for the first time, de Villiers will be asked to put service above self, but if there is one person who is willing to do that, it is him. He is already looking forward to the role he can play as Amla's deputy at Test level and to ensuring South Africa return to the top of the Test rankings.

"As vice-captain of the team I will closely work with Hashim and believe we can make a good combination," de Villiers said. "I accept that it is not always moonshine and roses and you can't expect things must always go your way. In the end, we are all working together in the best interests of South African cricket. I believe Hashim will make a success of the assignment. He is a very experienced and senior player and is a fine student of the game. We will all pull in the right direction do to make sure our cricket comes out on top again."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • mredz84 on June 5, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    The main factor to me seems to be AB's workload. They dont want him to give up the gloves and think being a fulltime test captain would be over burdening. Playing a keeper would also dimish the selection options they have when AB keeps.AB is a true team player and i dont think this will be an issue. Together they can both help SA transition into a new era.

  • on June 10, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Amla is a great player. Have I ever seen him take the lead in a game? No.

    Not once. When the team is fielding, he is OCCASIONALLY consulted.

    Amla will do well to lead by example, but he's not a vocal type which the team can rally around (hint: AB DeVilliers is).

  • on June 8, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    Leadership is almost always reserved for those who deserve it the least...I cannot forget the game Amla had the SA record in his sights when Smith declared...but Smith allowed AB to achieve the record...support Gibbs claims...

  • on June 7, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    South Africa cricket board's recent decision to give the test captaincy to Ashim Hamla remembers me BCCI style of selecting captaincy. Indian Cricket used to do this stuff always. When a vice caption was waiting for his turn, the board will give the next captaincy job to someday out of nowhere. This is rude. I am really sorry for AB. But anyway All the best to Ashim Hamla.

  • on June 7, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    m sure this will affect whole proteas team. m sad 4 AB for nt getting wht he desrvs. this team loves to play test cricket ths y i like this team. who loves to that man who replaces him for such a big pisition. i like both d players. best of luck cricket SA. i hope u r not ruining AB's confidence & dreams.

  • on June 7, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    @Baundele thst was one heck of a psychological prediction and personality assessment.

  • on June 7, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    A B must concentrate on batting alone

  • Baundele on June 6, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Based on what I saw on the TV screen, Amla as a player looks introvert, calm and surprisingly, attacking. AB looks extrovert, risk-taking and of course, attacking. If those attributes are reflected in their captaincies, Amla will win easy matches, AB will win from difficult situations. However, Amla will not let things slip away, while AB might make easy matches difficult. The selectors have made a safer choice, if not exciting.

  • HectorFortis on June 6, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    I'm a West Indian but like any true cricketing fan I love to watch good cricket being played notwithstanding where it is being played. Since its' return to test cricket, South Africa has been one of the most attractive and dominant cricket teams and as a fan I hope this transitional period in terms of your leadership changes wont in any way damage the professional image that we have grown accustomed to seeing exhibited by this cricketing nation. Some say leaders are borne others believe leadership is honed. What ever the philosophy is in South Africa just don't let it damage the cricket and remember when Graeme Smith took over he was all of 21 yrs old and lack experience just as well but his legacy cannot be overstated. Tough luck AB, your are my batsman but sometimes we don't get what we want at the time we think is right. Glad to know you will support your captain just the same

  • thinkgood on June 6, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Amla is a better choice than De Villiers for the following reasons:

    1. Amla is a top order batsman who can easily fit into Smith's shoes who is also a top order batsman. Ab Devillers cannot be considered new ball batsman as much as Amla is. New ball batsmen can study the pitch well and face the opposition from the start. 2. Amla is purely a Test Cricketer and is not distracted by T20 mania both in SA and in IPL or English counties. Ab is so much into T20 and limited over cricket that he can slack on the Test format. 3.Amla is more temperamentally suited for Test captaincy than Ab who can sometimes get carried away by emotions. AB is more of a quick result guy and at many occasions he has shown impatience come between him and his game.

    I think all in all SA selectors have done a very good choice picking Amla over others such as Ab Devilliers and Faf.

  • mredz84 on June 5, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    The main factor to me seems to be AB's workload. They dont want him to give up the gloves and think being a fulltime test captain would be over burdening. Playing a keeper would also dimish the selection options they have when AB keeps.AB is a true team player and i dont think this will be an issue. Together they can both help SA transition into a new era.

  • on June 10, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Amla is a great player. Have I ever seen him take the lead in a game? No.

    Not once. When the team is fielding, he is OCCASIONALLY consulted.

    Amla will do well to lead by example, but he's not a vocal type which the team can rally around (hint: AB DeVilliers is).

  • on June 8, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    Leadership is almost always reserved for those who deserve it the least...I cannot forget the game Amla had the SA record in his sights when Smith declared...but Smith allowed AB to achieve the record...support Gibbs claims...

  • on June 7, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    South Africa cricket board's recent decision to give the test captaincy to Ashim Hamla remembers me BCCI style of selecting captaincy. Indian Cricket used to do this stuff always. When a vice caption was waiting for his turn, the board will give the next captaincy job to someday out of nowhere. This is rude. I am really sorry for AB. But anyway All the best to Ashim Hamla.

  • on June 7, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    m sure this will affect whole proteas team. m sad 4 AB for nt getting wht he desrvs. this team loves to play test cricket ths y i like this team. who loves to that man who replaces him for such a big pisition. i like both d players. best of luck cricket SA. i hope u r not ruining AB's confidence & dreams.

  • on June 7, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    @Baundele thst was one heck of a psychological prediction and personality assessment.

  • on June 7, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    A B must concentrate on batting alone

  • Baundele on June 6, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Based on what I saw on the TV screen, Amla as a player looks introvert, calm and surprisingly, attacking. AB looks extrovert, risk-taking and of course, attacking. If those attributes are reflected in their captaincies, Amla will win easy matches, AB will win from difficult situations. However, Amla will not let things slip away, while AB might make easy matches difficult. The selectors have made a safer choice, if not exciting.

  • HectorFortis on June 6, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    I'm a West Indian but like any true cricketing fan I love to watch good cricket being played notwithstanding where it is being played. Since its' return to test cricket, South Africa has been one of the most attractive and dominant cricket teams and as a fan I hope this transitional period in terms of your leadership changes wont in any way damage the professional image that we have grown accustomed to seeing exhibited by this cricketing nation. Some say leaders are borne others believe leadership is honed. What ever the philosophy is in South Africa just don't let it damage the cricket and remember when Graeme Smith took over he was all of 21 yrs old and lack experience just as well but his legacy cannot be overstated. Tough luck AB, your are my batsman but sometimes we don't get what we want at the time we think is right. Glad to know you will support your captain just the same

  • thinkgood on June 6, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Amla is a better choice than De Villiers for the following reasons:

    1. Amla is a top order batsman who can easily fit into Smith's shoes who is also a top order batsman. Ab Devillers cannot be considered new ball batsman as much as Amla is. New ball batsmen can study the pitch well and face the opposition from the start. 2. Amla is purely a Test Cricketer and is not distracted by T20 mania both in SA and in IPL or English counties. Ab is so much into T20 and limited over cricket that he can slack on the Test format. 3.Amla is more temperamentally suited for Test captaincy than Ab who can sometimes get carried away by emotions. AB is more of a quick result guy and at many occasions he has shown impatience come between him and his game.

    I think all in all SA selectors have done a very good choice picking Amla over others such as Ab Devilliers and Faf.

  • on June 6, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    First mistake AB has made is, when he accepted to do wicket keeping job. He is not a natural wicket keeping batsman. He is a natural batsman. When a player taking too many responsibilities, then selectors will not feel more comfortable to give more responsibilities. And that too when AB has told that he is ready to give up gloves job. I was so surprised to know that SA cricket board has given test captain role to Hamla. Ashim Hamla is a very good batsman, in fact he is a very good human. But talking about leadership quality, I think he had to prove it. Suddenly we are going to see a calm and typical test captain in modern cricket. Think of Michael Clark, Alister Cook, B McCullam, MS Dhoni.. one common thing about these captains, all are attacking in there own way. I am not talking about their batting style. their approach.

  • on June 6, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    AB is leadership material, the way he carries himself, his body language, his guts, his undying enthusiasm are testimony to that. amla has nothing of that sort.

  • Army_rangers on June 6, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    Their is nothing wrong with ABD's disappointment over captaincy issue..I dont want see him as dravid of SA,i mean after all serving his team with his best he didnt got the appreciation he deserved.Glad that ab talked about it publicly so that SA cricket management got the message clearly.

  • on June 6, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    ab captaincy is poor in odi,s and he is also a wk

  • on June 6, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Even the most talented ones cant control their emotions when they failed to get something they deserve ! :)

  • Navish_Panday on June 6, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    As with all things. Time will tell whether this was the right decision or not. I'm certainly happy with Amla taking over. AB's work load would have went through the roof had he been appointed. He's the type of talent i would rather just have focus on his game. Faf on the other hand has not even nailed down his test position and his future in the team is not as certain as AB or Amla. Whatever happens, lets all get behind Amla and the Proteas rather than focussing on who or what decision would have been the right choice. To the naysayers I don't think it wise to doubt Amla again because there's a good chance you might end up swallowing your words.

  • sekharmilan on June 6, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    ABD can be more handful as a captain than hashim amla. Because hashim is an awesome player. He will lead the innings, but to lead the team ABD is best and he should leave the keeping, give a chance to d'cock.

  • Batmanian on June 6, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Chin up, AB! The whole world is saying you're more useful with the gloves on than off. Warne, with some assistance from Gilchrist, basically captained Australia on the field once Taylor retired. The mastermind is not a bad role, and the overstructured media stuff is generally not good for batting (don't know how Clarke has done it...). Hope that's not the case for Amla.

  • on June 6, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    i would have picked faf over amla and AB. Amla is too defensive and AB was never proved to be a good captain... even he never won a match for SA despite his good innings when SA does not need at all.... FAF should be selected.. SA will suffer their decision of AMla

  • armchairjohnny on June 6, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    Best of luck to Amla (not that he'll need it). He's easily one of the more likeable personalities in the game, free of the histrionics and the diva-like mentality that we see characterize key players in almost every other test playing nation.

    People are reading far too much into Amla's quiet, mild demeanor. Don't be fooled by his calm exterior. He has a shrewd cricketing brain and mental toughness, both key attributes of good leadership. He's not the kind of guy to buckle under pressure.

    As for AB, he should see this as a blessing in disguise. It allows him to concentrate on his many other important roles as a cricketer. Besides, if Amla's tenor doesn't quite go according to plan, AB will be first in line as a potential replacement. In any case, I feel we tend to over-estimate the role of captaincy in cricket, since a captain is only as good as the bowling attack available to him -- and bowlers at this level should be the ones telling the captain what fields to set.

  • Rough_Fan on June 6, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    @ abcdef_12345: No Franchisee will pick a slow player like Amla for T20 team

  • sreehk on June 6, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    No doubt Amla is a great batsman and could make a good captain too. But just feel that SA missed the bus by not having ABD as captain. Outrageously innovative yet consistently successful player. KILLER INSTINCT is the word required for a sports leader and ABD just fits the bill. Think of ABD taking on the Aus with his innovative and dynamic thinking against a predetermined plan of Amla. To retain ABD as a wicket keeper, they are trading off his extremely strategic brain, that to me is trading off a ship for a duck!

  • Dynamodev on June 6, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    This is a good article. I think in the current situation, Amla's appointment is correct. SA need to keep that balance in the side for the next few years. However, this core group of players are all nearing, or already over 30. Now would be a good time to find and groom the next captain and keeper. Unfortunately, it does not seem like AB will get a full stint at the test captaincy (unless Amla is hugely unsuccessful). But as the article says, if there is one man who would swallow his pride and get on with his role, it is AB. He reminds me of Jack Bauer in 24!

  • British_North_America on June 6, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    Amla is the only one not to play IPL and keep his full concentration in International Cricket.

  • on June 6, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    @Hudson: Whenever, one "over-explains" any decision, doubts would start creeping in; mostly unfounded, unwanted,and undesirable. Wish, you had avoided that!

  • kingkarthik on June 6, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Amla is a good choice provided there was no AB in consideration. However, as AB was also in consideration, the selection of Amla over AB appears quite average. AB the better player and captain.

  • Nuxxy on June 6, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    The only reason Amla wasn't already captain was because he *chose* not to be. As soon as he got over his personal reservations, he was a front-runner.

  • on June 6, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    I think Amla has earned the right to lead. Let him lead before drawing up any occlusions. Amla has a great opportunity to prove a lot of people wrong here.

  • on June 6, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Hashim Amla is great batsmen no doubt. But as a captain I dont think he has that agression needed. And on other hand ABD has that agression who can go for attack when needed. But its too early to comment on Hashim's captaincy skills let watch and see how he delivers.

  • Marktc on June 6, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    Hudson seems to be over-explaining the choice.....there is no doubt both AB and Amla are among the upper half of the ten best batsman at the moment. It comes not down to what your record is, but what type of leader you are. Granted, those in the SA cricket circle may have seen his leadership ability and his strategic thinking. The public have only seen Faf and AB's. Be that as it may, Amla is the new captain and as such, deserves the support of the SA team and it's supporters. Time will tell.

  • asithaSL on June 6, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Amla is a perfect batsmen and true gentlemen , But I feel , AB was the one who should lead the test team as well.

  • Marcel_Ci on June 6, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    no team has performed successfully after such kind of issues prevailing in the team..... AB said it openly so that means its surely going to affect Amla & his team now..... Amla is purely a wrong decision to made captain... he is the nicest player in the world cricket today but i doubt his leadership skills..... AB would hv been better choice..... rough patch on the cards for SA... goodluck

  • kiwicricketnut on June 6, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    why wouldn't you give the gloves to de-kock and let ab concerntrate on being the best batman in the world while leading in all three formats, seemed like he was being groomed for the test captaincy already leading in the shorter formats, seems a bizare appointment from a neutral perspective, last i heard amla didn't even want the job and with a classy player like de-kock to take the burden of wicket keeper off ab it just made sense to make him captain

  • on June 6, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Both were deserving and ABD seems more deserving as of today but if you look at the core team behind SA # 1 test position was Amla and Steyn. SA wins 80% of the time when Amla performs. I wish both of them goodluck but I think Amla deserves the position. He was world #1 in both ODI/Test and just coz this guy never claims it, everyone has forgotten his contribution to SA rise to #1 in Tests.

  • anver777 on June 6, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    Nice & sporty comments from AB......... even he's not captain of SA test team, he's an important batsmen without Kallis, so need some marathon innings from him in Test along with his good understanding batting partner Amla.

  • bootlicker on June 6, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    AB is very lucky for not facing the Sri Lankan assault as the first captaincy outing.

  • Guduji71 on June 6, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    It is a very good choice to choose Hashim Amla for the job. He is honest, hard working and talented. I wish him good luck.

  • on June 6, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    Credit to both of them, but AB would have been my choice.

  • reb1 on June 6, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    Maybe beating around the bush would have been a better idea. Team above self-interest, please.

  • Nadeem1976 on June 6, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    I think AB deserved it he is best test batsman on planet and deserved the captaincy. Amla is an awesome batsman but he is not that inspirational as AB is so it will be hard for seniors to give that respect to Amla which a captain needs.

    However best of luck to Amla and SA. Hope to see great fighting spirit by SA in test cricket in Sri Lanka.

  • on June 6, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    amla as captain is good, but very shockhing that they have over looked a cricketer like ABD! Though ABD is lending full support to hashim as a true team man, but these are some things whivch can break the confidence level of an indivisual and also can create issue in the dressing room! Gautam Gambhir being deprived off vice captaincy despite scoriung heavily in CB Series 2011-12 was the most recent example!

  • on June 6, 2014, 2:41 GMT

    South African Management is confused. Very Clearly De Villiers is the best option. Amla is a reluctant leader and people like him should not be saddled with needless responsibility. Not a good decision

  • on June 6, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    I would go for ab de villires for all three format.

  • on June 6, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    DeVilliers is a victim of his own selflessness. He did everything that was asked of him and more. Then the selectors thought they will over burden him with the captaincy. Now he is left with the wicket keeping gloves. I still believe it will be best to leave him as a batsman and a captain and start grooming De Kock for the WK spot. De Kock is no mug with the bat either.

  • torsha on June 5, 2014, 23:09 GMT

    Sorry but this is cruel from ABD to say it openly.

  • on June 5, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    let's be real, if he were captain, keeper and no.5 it could affect his game. he'd last longer if he wasn't given so much responsibility

  • Herath-UK on June 5, 2014, 22:30 GMT

    I'm a bit baffled why AB did not get it probably is some internal politics going round. Sri Lankan tour will be tough in any way but especially Sri Lanka are now on a high wanting to climb up in Test cricket too. Therefore an united tour group is a must for SAnsto make any impact.Best wishes to Amla.

  • on June 5, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    Amla deserved for this responsibility. ABD deserved as well, but Mr. 360˙already has been a captain in other format, so let's see how much Amla could be successful in different responsibility. If he couldn't already someone is there to grab that position!

  • on June 5, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    Hmmmmm.... I think I prefer De Villiers as in, as a Kiwi, I am happier to come up against the 'sleepy' Amla as captain. He oozes calm, sure, but maybe a little too much!? Anyway, South Africa do not have a big, obvious leader at the moment it seems.... and it showed in the t20 World Cup too (albeit I can talk as a Kiwi, what with the manner of our exit!! lolz!). They need a motivator and person to unify them better like Smith did. Tough times for them methinks....

  • DanishNaseer on June 5, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    Honest comments from Devilliers !

  • on June 5, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    wel said Ab....sure things wil come ur way soon....

  • on June 5, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    best of luck captain ab is my 1st choice but not dissappointed with amla ...

  • on June 5, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    AB is good talented batsmen and feilder unfortunately he lacks temprament which Amla has. Secondly Amla has been very consistantbin all forms of cricket.

  • on June 5, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    selectors chooses the right man..best of luck hashim

  • on June 5, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    Congratz Amla to drive the team with the bat,and now as a leader :)

  • on June 5, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    hashim amla is fantastic , nice, tremendous player. Some players play for own performance but amla play for the own country. he is a piller of team.

  • on June 5, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    Amla is amicable choice. He is the most calm and composed player in the side. Its an obvious choice for the captain.

  • on June 5, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    What a great sportsman is this, AB. My respect has become more and more intense after this response. I certainly believed that AB was the best man.

  • binojpeter on June 5, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    It was disappointing to see AB Devilliers not considered for Test captaincy after being groomed as captain in the shorter formats for a while now.

  • ninjapintu on June 5, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    I can really feel for AB here. A month ago he was realistically the forerunner for the job and then Hashim comes from nowhere and takes the job. And that too after AB had some good ODI wins and is the team's best player. No wonder he is feeling sour

  • on June 5, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    Best of Luck, Amla. Hope South Africa will perform well under his leafership

  • on June 5, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    had it been that de villiers was selected for captaincy i dont think amla would have been dissappointed or atleast expressed it. though i just think captaincy for amla might affect his batting, for this is the only reason i think de villers could have been handed the job. time will tell what happens.

  • vippra on June 5, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Good on you AB, a great team player and cricketer. All he very best to the SA Test team.

  • on June 5, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    I believe with de Viliers behind the stumps-a very important guiding position-and with Hash as Captain---the selectors have demonstrated astuteness and have created a formidable duo.

  • on June 5, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    why ab was the vice captain to smith ???? logically vice captain once the captain is gone became the captain which logic the sa have fallen bohhh

  • on June 5, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    why ab was the vice captain to smith ???? logically vice captain once the captain is gone became the captain which logic the sa have fallen bohhh

  • on June 5, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    I believe with de Viliers behind the stumps-a very important guiding position-and with Hash as Captain---the selectors have demonstrated astuteness and have created a formidable duo.

  • vippra on June 5, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Good on you AB, a great team player and cricketer. All he very best to the SA Test team.

  • on June 5, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    had it been that de villiers was selected for captaincy i dont think amla would have been dissappointed or atleast expressed it. though i just think captaincy for amla might affect his batting, for this is the only reason i think de villers could have been handed the job. time will tell what happens.

  • on June 5, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    Best of Luck, Amla. Hope South Africa will perform well under his leafership

  • ninjapintu on June 5, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    I can really feel for AB here. A month ago he was realistically the forerunner for the job and then Hashim comes from nowhere and takes the job. And that too after AB had some good ODI wins and is the team's best player. No wonder he is feeling sour

  • binojpeter on June 5, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    It was disappointing to see AB Devilliers not considered for Test captaincy after being groomed as captain in the shorter formats for a while now.

  • on June 5, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    What a great sportsman is this, AB. My respect has become more and more intense after this response. I certainly believed that AB was the best man.

  • on June 5, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    Amla is amicable choice. He is the most calm and composed player in the side. Its an obvious choice for the captain.

  • on June 5, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    hashim amla is fantastic , nice, tremendous player. Some players play for own performance but amla play for the own country. he is a piller of team.