South Africa in Sri Lanka 2014 June 3, 2014

Amla named South Africa Test captain

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Hashim Amla has been appointed South Africa's Test captain, taking over from Graeme Smith, who retired in March. Amla's first assignment will be South Africa's two-Test tour of Sri Lanka next month. He was given the job ahead of team-mate AB de Villiers, who will continue to lead the ODI side in which Amla will serve as his deputy. De Villiers will remain the Test vice-captain and the first-choice wicketkeeper in the longest format.

"It's an honour and a privilege," Amla said, "I have to pay tribute to Graeme and his leadership. For years, I've concentrated on my batting, but now it's time to contribute in the team setting. As a captain, you are more a servant than you are a leader. I will be taking it as my responsibility to give all my heart to this position."

A notoriously reluctant leader, who even stepped down as vice-captain in the limited-overs teams last year, Amla's interest in the Test role only became public a few weeks ago, but it is a thought he has harboured since Smith stood down.

"When Graeme retired, it came as a surprise to us, especially with him being a young person but we could also understand because of the pressures of being a captain for so long," Amla said. "At that moment, I felt with the group of senior guys we have in the team - myself, AB, Dale, JP, Morne and Faf - that if the team wanted, I would be available.

"That was the first time I really considered it. Hopefully with the experience I have gained, I can do a good job. If you can add value to your team-mates, try and get the team to do well and the country to do well, that's the ultimate as an international sportsman."

But Amla admitted it is not a task he will take on alone: "It is always a collective effort. There is no single person who should be taking the credit. Every single person has a huge part to play. I will be picking people's brains, guys in the team and guys outside the team."

De Villiers will be one of the pillars Amla will lean on heavily, especially as the ODI captain was considered a shoo-in for the job when it first became vacant. Former players, including Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis, as well as former convener of selectors Mike Procter had all picked de Villiers as Smith's successor but South Africa's current selection panel decided against overloading him, although they remain concerned about having different captains in each format.

"There were some strong contenders, not only AB de Villiers," Hudson said. "We've now got three captains in three formats and that is perhaps not ideal. But we have a very skewed season ahead of us with 30 ODIs, including the World Cup. So this next season, the focus is on one-day cricket. What AB has achieved with Russell in the one-day side and the gelling of that team going forward is something we did not want to disrupt. Hashim will complement AB in terms of his style and what he wants to do with the one-day side, just as AB will complement Hash in the Test arena. AB will continue to keep wicket in Tests and that also gives us nice options."

Amla played down concerns that the additional burden would affect him, and emphasised on a goal of leading South Africa back to position of the No. 1 Test ranked team.

"I am positive that it won't affect my batting and I hope it doesn't," he said. "I will try and score as many if not more runs.

"Any Test team wants to be ranked No.1. We've had that privilege but having lost it is a fair reflection of how we have played. We haven't played our best cricket over the last year or so. It is a proud thing to be ranked No.1. Foremost in my mind is to try and get us back there."

Amla does not anticipate major changes to put South Africa back on a winning track, given their history. "Over the last few years, the team has gelled extremely well," he said. "It is a high-performing Test team. We've been in the best in the world, apart from recently. I don't think there is too much change that needs to be done from that point of view."

However, he has cautioned against expecting immediate success, especially given where his first tour in charge will be. South Africa travel to Sri Lanka for two Tests next month, returning to the place where they last lost a Test series on the road, eight years ago.

"Not many teams go to Sri Lanka and dominate," Amla said. "It's a newish team with a few new names. It took the previous team a few years before we found a winning combination. It will be naive to think it won't take time before we find another winning combination."

Also searching for that right formula is South Africa's coach Russell Domingo, who will be working with a fourth captain barely a year into his tenure. Fortunately, for Domingo, his relationship with Amla stretches back more than a decade from the national academy.

"I have known him for a long time and I am excited about working with him," Domingo said. "His style will be different to what we have become accustomed to.

"We discuss a lot of things, not just about cricket but also life. It's not important that you agree on everything, respect is important. We don't always agree on everything but we have a lot of respect for each other and we value each other's opinions. It's a very exciting time. Hashim says it is time for him to contribute in a senior way. He has made a massive impact as a senior player so this is an extension of what he has quietly been doing behind the scenes."

Amla will continue wearing a team shirt without the sponsor's logo. Castle Lager, a beer company, backs the Test team and CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat has explained the board will "meet the obligations of its commercial partners through other players."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Josephus72 on June 6, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    Hashim Amla is a model cricketer and this appointment is well-deserved. The senior members of the test squad remain a formidable force and the fact that a player and leader of the capabilities of AB de Villers was runner-up speak volumes about their depth. All the very best to the new captain, he has big shoes to fill, but somehow I think SA will continue to find great success under Amla's leadership. Australian cricket fans are already looking forward to SA's next tour over here!

  • sidneyosb on June 4, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Apart from his proven cricket abilities, Amla will ensure that South African cricket under his watch will be worth watching and supporting for all the right reasons. If world cricket needs a Nelson Mandela today then I am convinced Amla is that man, who will not only inspire his own team but serve the game well in the broader arena . Good luck Hashim - you embody everything that is ' Proudly South African ' l have no doubt that young talent and the established players alike will blossom under your leadership and guidance in the test arena. Lastly, thanks Graeme for your contribution to SA cricket and your part in shaping Hashim for the task ahead. I'm sure you would agree... it couldn't have happened to a nicer bloke!

  • on June 6, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    he deserved it, a leader with faith and extra ordinary mind stability is the one SA needs right now, because we all know SA always had the ability to conquer world cricket but somehow they were not able to display it by winning major events, i am sure Amla will be able to break the ice.

  • Snambidi on June 6, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    One can never say that DeVilliers is not capable captain. Or can not manage the team . But Amla ,also being a very senior Player& gained a lot of experience by watching different captains with whom he had co-operated to the best of my knowledge,deserves an opportunity to try his methods& how he could guide the Team. On proving his might in Captaincy also as his batsmanship,there does not appear to have anything against him to continue for some time. Who knows how many Tests he could win.Some players when they assume more responsibility than a Batsmanexcels in the role. There are many examples in the world of Cricket.Ricky Ponting is one of them to site as an example.So let us see what Amla does.

  • on June 5, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Well deserved to get such a position after his complete effort...keep it up Mr. Amla. .. God bless you...

  • on June 5, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    You can't prejudge performance and Amla may prove to be a very successful skipper. My preference wd have been for Faf as he is reputed to have had good previous experience in junior levels. Given his versatility, Faf can perhaps be the leader in all three formats.

  • on June 5, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    yes I like this move by csa

  • Batmanian on June 5, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    I guess it's hard to judge until we see his captaincy, but I like AB with the gloves, so it looks smart. Not sure why it took so long to announce. The captain I'm really going to miss, apart from Clarke for his tactical brilliance, is Dhoni. Crazy at times, but fun. Poor England; they seem to be sticking with Cook because they have finally realised that long-haul captains are good and they don't seem to have any other options. Isn't there some journeyman county skipper they could draft in?

  • ABLcric on June 5, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Good decision. Amla is a great batsmen. Captaincy may effect his batting ability. He is deeply concentrating and calculated batsmen. He will need to develop skills of keeping the team worries away while he is batting. Good Luck!!

  • on June 4, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    amla great batsman great guy cogratulation

  • Josephus72 on June 6, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    Hashim Amla is a model cricketer and this appointment is well-deserved. The senior members of the test squad remain a formidable force and the fact that a player and leader of the capabilities of AB de Villers was runner-up speak volumes about their depth. All the very best to the new captain, he has big shoes to fill, but somehow I think SA will continue to find great success under Amla's leadership. Australian cricket fans are already looking forward to SA's next tour over here!

  • sidneyosb on June 4, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Apart from his proven cricket abilities, Amla will ensure that South African cricket under his watch will be worth watching and supporting for all the right reasons. If world cricket needs a Nelson Mandela today then I am convinced Amla is that man, who will not only inspire his own team but serve the game well in the broader arena . Good luck Hashim - you embody everything that is ' Proudly South African ' l have no doubt that young talent and the established players alike will blossom under your leadership and guidance in the test arena. Lastly, thanks Graeme for your contribution to SA cricket and your part in shaping Hashim for the task ahead. I'm sure you would agree... it couldn't have happened to a nicer bloke!

  • on June 6, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    he deserved it, a leader with faith and extra ordinary mind stability is the one SA needs right now, because we all know SA always had the ability to conquer world cricket but somehow they were not able to display it by winning major events, i am sure Amla will be able to break the ice.

  • Snambidi on June 6, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    One can never say that DeVilliers is not capable captain. Or can not manage the team . But Amla ,also being a very senior Player& gained a lot of experience by watching different captains with whom he had co-operated to the best of my knowledge,deserves an opportunity to try his methods& how he could guide the Team. On proving his might in Captaincy also as his batsmanship,there does not appear to have anything against him to continue for some time. Who knows how many Tests he could win.Some players when they assume more responsibility than a Batsmanexcels in the role. There are many examples in the world of Cricket.Ricky Ponting is one of them to site as an example.So let us see what Amla does.

  • on June 5, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Well deserved to get such a position after his complete effort...keep it up Mr. Amla. .. God bless you...

  • on June 5, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    You can't prejudge performance and Amla may prove to be a very successful skipper. My preference wd have been for Faf as he is reputed to have had good previous experience in junior levels. Given his versatility, Faf can perhaps be the leader in all three formats.

  • on June 5, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    yes I like this move by csa

  • Batmanian on June 5, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    I guess it's hard to judge until we see his captaincy, but I like AB with the gloves, so it looks smart. Not sure why it took so long to announce. The captain I'm really going to miss, apart from Clarke for his tactical brilliance, is Dhoni. Crazy at times, but fun. Poor England; they seem to be sticking with Cook because they have finally realised that long-haul captains are good and they don't seem to have any other options. Isn't there some journeyman county skipper they could draft in?

  • ABLcric on June 5, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Good decision. Amla is a great batsmen. Captaincy may effect his batting ability. He is deeply concentrating and calculated batsmen. He will need to develop skills of keeping the team worries away while he is batting. Good Luck!!

  • on June 4, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    amla great batsman great guy cogratulation

  • on June 4, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    Long over due Amla! But never late then ever! all the very best for the future!

  • sa.indian on June 4, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    amla is a great person a true leader the kind of man that i would go to war with i am sure this is the dawn of a new proteas team

  • Robster1 on June 4, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Vey good batsman that he is am also not all convinced by Amla's leadership skills. And why on earth is he not skipper of the one day side!? Faf has the best leadership skills but needs to cement his place in side. Domingo is not the right coach. Good luck to Amla and here's hoping he's not a quota captain.

  • alischeme on June 4, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Wish him all the best. GO AMLA GO!!!

  • on June 4, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    good move by csa well deserved

  • on June 4, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    I for one am pleased that SA at last has a captain that has the pedigree for the job. Not since Hansie Cronje has the SA test captain had a background as a leader. I also think we missed a trick after Hansie in not appointing Neil McKenzie as test skipper.Hashim Amla has captianed cricket sides since school. When he gave up the Dolphins job it was out of concern for his batting: Remember, he had just been dropped from the test side, and I assume his priority was to get back into the side. SA needs to steer clear from appointing people who lack the acumen for the job, as history has shown that they are slow to learn from their mistakes, eg Shaun Pollock and AB de Villiers.

  • balajik1968 on June 4, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Good luck Amla. You will need it. Two big holes in the batting, Smith and Kallis. A lot hinges on the experience of Amla, De Villiers and Du Plessis who is maturing into a good cricketer. Somehow Alviro Petersen does not inspire confidence.

  • keptalittlelow on June 4, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    A bit controversial but the right choice. Test captaincy might have effected AB's batting performance, at the moment he is the best batsman in the world and SA would prefer him to stay that way. Best of luck to Amla.

  • Marktc on June 4, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Amla and Domingo's first bit of work together, say how they want to get to number one again, then talk down our chances with the upcoming tour. Amla is a necessary cog in the SA batting machine and we can only hope that this is not affected, given his extra responsibility. His concern about it doing so in the past, is something to consider. At the moment, SA do not have any strong captain candidates, but other than FAf (who is not a guarantee in the test team) AB probably would have been the best choice. I still say that De Kock should come in and AB should be a batsman only.One last thing..Domingo is not the right person for the coach either...and future results will eithr prove me wrong or right...

  • Malik_Murad on June 4, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    The only missing element i see in Amla is 'aggressiveness' and this aggressive attitude is compulsory ingredient in a good captainship under competitive environment. However, no doubt in his sincerity and devotion towards the game which will definitely going to be an advantage for him. Good Luck Amla !

  • on June 4, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    AB is the best man to lead the team. but anyway amala good luk......

  • disco_bob on June 4, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    I don't see Amla making Test captaincy work for him, but I'm sure he'll give it his best shot which might not have enough of the mongrel in it.

  • Marcel_Ci on June 4, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    problm here is that amla is finest batsman today but never showed any leadership skills during any match or situation off the field..... AB would have been surely a better choice.....

  • anver777 on June 4, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    As predicted the test captaincy went to Amla....... he's the perfect man to lead at this moment... wish him good luck for his new role !!!!!

  • on June 4, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    I am a huge AB fan but I am not disappointed with this. Amla deserved to be the captain. Go Amla! As you said, time to take back the team to No 1.

  • jessulkot on June 4, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    Without a shadow of doubt, Amla is the best Test Batsman of the Generation South africa has ever produced. He is a complete package. Cool and Calm Customer of the ball and most importantly he knows when to attack and when to defend. First assignment will be tough for Amla. Srilankan Pitches, Very Dry and Spinners hopefully will play major role. Typical mind preparation and Strategy would require not only to win the series but also to perform well as Batsman. Smith and Kallis retired, Kirsten no longer with team as Coach so huge responsibility on Amla as he is the most experience among all. Always Love to watch the cover drive he plays and fielder doesn't get time to move at all and this is the time to see him leading from the front and regain the #1 Spot in Test matches. #TakeABow Amla.

  • SLSup on June 4, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    I am too big a fan of Greame Smith's accomplishments to get overly excited about other cricketing captains, let alone Amla. It is worse that Amla & SA must experience a new birth in SL!

    Whenever AUS is not playing there is ROOM to enjoy the cricket. AUS just saps the air out of the game, the fans, and stadia. Look forward to rest of ENG series for SL and then to SA series.

  • Marcel_Ci on June 4, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    his batting will surely be affected in coming years.... we have seen many examples in world cricket like tht..... good luck amla

  • on June 4, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    Bad choice. AB is the best man to lead the team.

  • TeamSelector on June 4, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    There really was only two choices, Faf or AB.The 20/20 captain vs the ODI captain. But giving the captaincy to either one of them, would have tilted the balance of power in their favor. So the SA Board came up with a master stroke ......... Hashim Amla

  • on June 4, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    Bad decision. ..captaining test is s big challenge. Dont think he will handle it. Its like lara or sachin becoming the captain. Great captain but poor captaincy.

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    Fantastic Choice!!!! Well Deserved without doubt!!!

  • on June 4, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    Congrats Hashim, thoroughly deserves it.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on June 4, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    congrats to Amla but i see it as a mistake. no doubt Amla was persuaded (by Lorgat most likely) based on how it will be a big thing for SA to have a leader from coloured/minority of the country. consider the resentment AB and his supporters in the side would have even though they won't show it!

    AB is ODI captain with Amla his VC. Amla is test captain with AB his VC. Fafu is their T20 captain with AB VC.

    can this be any more twisted?!

    i just hope Amla continues to make big runs because it would be a real shame for SA (esp Lorgat) if his batting is affected because of this !

  • esyed on June 3, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    Congratulations to Amla. He will do well given the experience he has playing all these years. Hope to see Amla's & SA's progress in test cricket.

  • Sgtm1993 on June 3, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    Funny decision..South Africa's glory days are over..Aus will be dominating as long as lehmann is the coach and then they rest shall be seen..Amla is a great modern day player but won't be that great of a captain and since he has domingo who's the coach who ain't a cricketer..we won't see any tactical geniuses in the cricket field..They need to change the coach to be honest..bring someone from cricketing background..

  • CricFanKrish on June 3, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    I had a gut feeling that it was going to be Amla. I believe the appointment is a step in the right direction. All the best Hashim!

  • on June 3, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    good choice. a great batsman. and hopefully he will do good captaincy. only issue will be that how much his batting will be affected by captaincy. ABD might have been a good choice as well as he is odi captain. anyway good luck to SA and Amla.

  • Sinhabahu on June 3, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    There is no nicer guy in cricket than him so I'm happy for Amla and wish him all the best.

  • Misguided_saint on June 3, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    AB is doing good and I'm sure he is the ultimate leader of present SA cricket team. But prior to World Cup he should not be over burdened with captaincy since he is the premiere player and the total game changer. FAF could be a good choice for skipping the team. Lets See what Amla can do! People like Amla is always a great human being but captaining a world class team like SA is different. He needs to be clever and always stay one step ahead of others. Remember Legends like Tendulkar, Lara did not have good experience of captaincy.

  • on June 3, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    I love this player so Humble and a very nice Muslim. Wish you All the best Hashim Amla. May Allah give you success and honour.

  • on June 3, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Finally, all the best Amla!

  • on June 3, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    We can at least hear him speak more frequently now! Even that is totally worth it :)

  • on June 3, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    It will be difficult for HA to handle the pressure as a captain. AB was a better choice.

  • aeroboy.ae on June 3, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Its a terrific decision, i hope AMLA will prove that as like as a batsman he could be a legend with the captaincy role..

  • JoshFromJamRock on June 3, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    As many have said, I am unsure of whether this will work out well but I wish him all the best.

  • on June 3, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Seems completely a whimsical decision. Faf would have been the better choice. Nothing taking away from Amla's serene batting abilities, but as a captain I can not see him able to convert individuals into a team. Anyway, I desperately want to be proved wrong!

  • AnthoniJi on June 3, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    Yes! Hashim. Only a humble great man can say " As a captain, you are more a servant than you are a leader." Keeping the galactic time of transition in mind, Hashim will perhaps bring a new paradigm into cricket (or any sport). A new way of thinking and living. God bless Hashim Amla! peace! anthneeh gomes

  • Alexk400 on June 3, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    faf is next ideal captain until someone new comes along.

  • on June 3, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Good decision this and while we are at it get the gloves off AB and give them to De Kock...Not that he has done a bad job but SA need AB to concentrate souly on his batting!

  • Shakeee on June 3, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Amla is a thoughtful personality and is very good choice for a captain. Good decision by SA board and I am sure Amal will maintain high standards for SA and best of luck to Amla for his new assignment.

  • on June 3, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    when i left south africa apartheid was stronger than ever. never, when i left that cesspool, did i think that one day the country's cricket team would be led in an official test by someone who wasn't white - especially one as dignified and graciously talented as hashim amla. congratulations to him and to the new south africa, and all the best

  • on June 3, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    welcome, living legend.

  • Jaffa79 on June 3, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Well done SA! Amla is a top player and seems a good bloke too.

  • on June 3, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    He is no doubt a world class batsman, but as "captain", time will prove.

  • Steinrock on June 3, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Amla's form has been shaky during the last year, a time when we've needed him most...people seem quite willing to forget that. Mark my words, Steinrock says that despite a flurry or two of excellent inningses, Amla's average will be worse post-captaincy than it was pre-captaincy, and not by a small margin. This is a bad decision, and AB should be captain.

  • AllroundCricketFan on June 3, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Well done Amla. All the best in your new role as captain of South Africa. He did do well with the SA U19 team when he captained them all those years ago.

  • saifkhanBD on June 3, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Excellent choice. He reflects all that is good about the game of Cricket. He has been a brilliant batsman, someone who has managed to score runs regardless of the opposition or surface. People will need to be patient as it will take some time for him to adjust to the role. All the best.

  • Aroundthelegsgoogly on June 3, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    This will be interesting!

  • on June 3, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Great batsman with awsome temper u deserve this amla hoping it wont affect ur batting as u said best of luck bro

  • on June 3, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Well, someone has to lead. In Amla you have a leader.You see there is no domineering personality to rock the boat. It will all be about merit. And boy 1 oh boy1 will the guys feel relaxed.

  • philvic on June 3, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Im not sure he is tough enough... nice guys come second - time will tell.

  • social_monster09 on June 3, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Wishing him good luck for his anchor job waiting ahead for his team. He is a pure classy batsman with a cool calm head. I think that he is not thinking about ranking right now becoz his first challenge is to make a proper team combination after the retirement of Kallis & former skipper Smith. And this is not so easy for him to take burden of both captaincy & batting. Real test before him is to regain No.1 test ranking title but it's really very hard to dismantle Australia from No.1 position becoz it's hard to fill the gap of Smith in team. Good luck again

  • Akhter786 on June 3, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Captaining SA team is far too different than captaining any other team in the world. So we should stop making comparisons with the captains of other sides. I m extremely happy for Amla and a bold decision by CSA indeed. May be he does justice to the trust put in him by selection committee and the team.

    I would have liked to see either ABD or Faff with the role but When Amla came to the scene it became all too oblivious given the selection compulsions CSA have to go through all the time.

    Godspeed Amla... Make us proud...

  • on June 3, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Bold decision of CSA appointing best batsman for tough job. It is certain to doubt after he stepped down as vice captain. He looked to take bigger responsibility now, but it's gonna be real test of his character as a leader. Wish him best of luck. Hopefully he can lead his team with batting responsibility as well. I would prefer JP should be placed at top 4. Might be first. He is ready to play anchor role in absence of Kallis. Undoubtedly Amla is inspiring personality with discipline. He still have a lot to prove as captain of mighty Africa. It is good CSA took pressure off AB considering World Cup ahead. Gentleman for gentleman's game.

  • Kashi0127 on June 3, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    This is a real surprise! I am always admirer of the South African team and Amla as a batsman. Let us wait and see his captaincy. All the best Amla!

  • neelabhsamvatsar on June 3, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    great news, hope he will be able to step in to shoes of graeme smith.

  • mukhtarhafiz on June 3, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Salam to Hashim Amla from me. I hope he will be one of the best test captains in the world... Insha Allah.. Congratz Hashim..

  • immi2711 on June 3, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    Hmmm!!! No doubt Amla is a man of class. No doubt in his batting skills...But I am not so sure of him being Captain.... You look at Graeme, Ponting, Misbah, Sanga.... all these guys demand results and respect from their players, they don't say anything but their eyes speaks it all. From that respect, I see Amla as soft. I don't think his personality allows him to come down on any human being, let alone a player in his team..... having said that, I do hope he becomes a successful captain, I hope he succeeds, I hope players play for him.

  • fiddlerv90 on June 3, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    I don't think Amla would be a nightmare candidate for the job but AB de villiers is the most deserving. AB has proved to be a die hard batman in several occusions whereas Amla lack selfesteem against good bowling attack. AB took an inform johnson& saaed Ajmal to cleaners when Amla couldn't swung his bat. Amla can't take pressure.

    Anyway, i hope he proves me wrong this time but i doubt it.

  • asaduzzaman-khan on June 3, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    Hashim Amla: One of the best batsmen of modern cricket; One of the perfect gentlemen in cricket ground in history. Such a good feelings to know him as SA cricket captain. If he can spread his inside fragrance through his team-mates, this SA team is going to one of the beast team in history of cricket

  • on June 3, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    Greame smith would have wanted him to take over!a great bloke indeed with a charisma in his batting!a great magician with bat rightly called run scoring machine!however as we have seen all te way that not all great batsmen are great captains!however Amla may prove us wrong!fingers crossed!

  • on June 3, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    I hope he will be one of the best test captains in the world... Insha Allah.. Congratz Hashim..

  • on June 3, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    I don't really see him as being the right type of bloke for the job, you just need someone who is going to stand up and lead, even the very quiet Sri Lankans do best when they have a more outspoken type of captain. AB is the natural leader, even during the SA-Aus series that was plain to see. In any case I wish Hash all the best and lots of luck because he's a top bloke and a gentleman, just don't see him being a great captain.

  • venkatesh018 on June 3, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    Congrats to the S African Selectors and the Board. They have gone the unconventional way in overlooking the present vice captain, AB De Villiers. But appointing Amla captain is a bold and forward thinking move. Captaincy will lend added responsibility to Amla's batting and he will be a hungrier batsman leading the side. I hope the Board had a word with De Villiers, clearly the best player in the side, before making this choice.

  • on June 3, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    Great to see Stiaan van Zyl in the squad. Fully deserves his place after a few seasons of consistently solid performances. Leading run scorer in the sunfoil series and a fantastic driver of the ball. Will add a useful combination aspect to a predominantly right handed top order, and can bat anywhere from 1-6. Hope to see him start!

  • Nadeem1976 on June 3, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    I am really happy for Amla. He is extremely good batsman. Hope to see SA becoming number 1 in Test cricket again. AB should concentrate on ODI cricket as this is WC season. Not a bad decision.

  • on June 3, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    One of the best stylish batsman cricket ever produce......My best of luck to you Mr. Amla

  • MaruthuDelft on June 3, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    But he is not better than AB; unfair. I think AB buys all these....He must refuse to keep wickets. The world'd greatest batsman doesn't need a job like that.

  • on June 3, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    No Parnell in the Test Squad?! Have they forgotten that his inclusion was the catalyst in comeback against Australia in the 2nd Test? He is such a valuable assett and a left arm fast is what adds variety to the potent SA attack.

  • Bowlersholding on June 3, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    Good luck to the Mighty #! Hope Dane and Stiaan gets a run soon. Would like to see Petersen, Elgar, Amla (C), de Villiers , du Plessis, Duminy, De Kock (WK), Philander, Steyn, Morkel, Piedt

  • on June 3, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Who said Nice guys finish last!!! Really uplifting for someone to hear Hash taking up captaincy. A brilliant stroke by Cricket South Africa!!

  • TJP1000 on June 3, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    1st question - Why is there only 14 players in the test squad and not 15??? Who is missing.

    Secondly - I hope Amla will be a good captain and I wish him all the best, but I certainly do not like the thinking behind the appointment. I still believe ABD should give up the gloves and De Kock should take them over. And I think this is exactly why ABD was not given the nod, as the selectors didn't want him to give up the gloves.

    De Kock is a natural keeper and his batting is better if he wears the gloves. ABD is a brilliant fielder and adds much more value when he does not wear the gloves. Eventhough ABD will be good as keeper, I think it is at a cost to the team as a whole.

  • Vaughanographic on June 3, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    EXCELLENT TEST SQUAD. Finally the selectors come up trumps. I would have preferred AB as captain but I'm sure Hash and AB will work together anyway. Glad for Abbott, Van Zyl and Piedt.

  • zafar_tayyab on June 3, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    More interested in his personal batting performance as its treat to watch him bat, what an artist he is while in crease.

  • cryptq1 on June 3, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    The best man for the job. Well done Hashim.

  • on June 3, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    wishing him good luck,,,@lovely Amla

  • Khambiye on June 3, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    He fully deserves this choice. Hope the best results to follow.

  • on June 3, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Good squad. The playing XI should be: Petersen, Elgar, du Plessis, Amla (C), de Villiers (WK), van Zyl, Duminy, Philander, Steyn, Morkel, Tahir.

    7 specialist batsmen plus Philander, 3 frontline seamers, 1 frontline spinner plus a better-than-part-time spinner (Duminy) plus Elgar who can chip in with the odd wicket plus van Zyl's cutters.

  • s382412 on June 3, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    All the best Amla....Good choice by CSA as he the most consistent test cricket and above that has got good temperament.

  • on June 3, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Many congratulations to You, Keep going

  • stormy16 on June 3, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    Little doubt about Amla the batter and person but leader is not a trait that jumps out with Amla. As a matter of fact Amla declined leadership roles before and has very little experience. Cannot question SA's last captainy appointment, which appeared to be a shocker last time with Smith, so hope this is another inspirred move.

  • UnlimitedLFB on June 3, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    Lets not forget the two newcomers: batsman Stiaan van Zyl and offspinner Dane Piedt. Both earned their spot in the team.. CONGRALULATIONS TO BOTH OF YOU.

  • UnlimitedLFB on June 3, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Congrats to Amla, you probably got the position as soon as AB said he was going to give up the gloves if he is the captain

    I wish Alviro and Morne were not there, I understand Alviro's selection but why is Morne in the test squad not Parnell?

  • on June 3, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    at this stage it was the right choice

  • on June 3, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    AB devillers should keep only in T20 internationals.. I agree his is probably the most fit international player at the moment but we must remember he is 30+ now and if he is going to keep wickets in tests as well, he is much likely to pick up injuries and that can never be good for SA cricket.

  • Kashif.Mazhar on June 3, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    All the best to Amla but not sure about him ahead of ABD

  • on June 3, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    Congatulations Hashim Amla.

  • on June 3, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    Good luck Hashim.

  • Mervo on June 3, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Good choice. Allows De Villiers to try keep his batting form steady

  • on June 3, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Congrats..AMLA bro....Happy for ya....!

  • on June 3, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    he deserved this role @mighty hash

  • on June 3, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    i think Amla is a good choice...otherwise its too much load AB

  • AnasShah17 on June 3, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Amla deserved this leadership but i hope his performance remains the same while leading his squad

  • 11_Warrior on June 3, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    He gave up vice captaincy in one day side because he was willing to focus on his batting. Now he is test captain. Next 10-12 months will tell us if he really good enough for any leadership role or not.

  • landl47 on June 3, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    I guess Amla feels that being captain is less demanding than being vice-captain. Strange.

  • ninjapintu on June 3, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    Taking robin peterson as a spinner again? They don't learn do they

  • on June 3, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    I think it's a good move, he having the experience of captainship and being a good player as well

  • on June 3, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Oh ! I wanted it to be ABD.

  • Josh333 on June 3, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Congatulations Hashim Amla. MashAllah!

  • Laiyavj on June 3, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Good move by CSA.. Amla deserved the leadership..

  • Laiyavj on June 3, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Good move by CSA.. Amla deserved the leadership..

  • Josh333 on June 3, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Congatulations Hashim Amla. MashAllah!

  • on June 3, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Oh ! I wanted it to be ABD.

  • on June 3, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    I think it's a good move, he having the experience of captainship and being a good player as well

  • ninjapintu on June 3, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    Taking robin peterson as a spinner again? They don't learn do they

  • landl47 on June 3, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    I guess Amla feels that being captain is less demanding than being vice-captain. Strange.

  • 11_Warrior on June 3, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    He gave up vice captaincy in one day side because he was willing to focus on his batting. Now he is test captain. Next 10-12 months will tell us if he really good enough for any leadership role or not.

  • AnasShah17 on June 3, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Amla deserved this leadership but i hope his performance remains the same while leading his squad

  • on June 3, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    i think Amla is a good choice...otherwise its too much load AB

  • on June 3, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    he deserved this role @mighty hash