04 June, 2014

South African opener Hashim Amla has been appointed as the new Test captain after Graeme Smith's retirement from the international game, Cricket South Africa confirmed on Twitter.
The 31-year-old batsman is the first Indian-origin South African and the fifth permanent captain of the Proteas to lead the national side.

“It is an honour and a privilege to be given this responsibility,” Amla said. “I would like to pay tribute to the leadership Graeme Smith has provided throughout my international career."

The World #4 Test batsman, Amla made his Test debut in November 28, 2004 against India. Since then he has played 76 Tests, scoring 6214 runs at an average of 51.35.
Amla's first assignment will be to lead the team to Sri Lanka next month for a two-match series followed by a five-day game in Zimbabwe and a home series against West Indies later this year.

Former skipper Graeme Smith gave his best wishes to the new South Africa skipper, He wrote on Twitter:
South Africa Test squad: Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (wicketkeeper), Hashim Amla (captain), JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel, Stiaan van Zyl, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Kyle Abbott, Quinton de Kock, Dane Piedt.

South Africa ODI squad: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), AB de Villiers (captain), JP Duminy, Jacques Kallis, David Miller, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Ryan McLaren, Faf du Plessis, Aaron Phangiso, Imran Tahir, Vernon Philander, Beuran Hendricks.

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