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Hashim Amla appointed South Africa test cricket captain

India TV News Desk 03 Jun 2014, 17:19:34 IST
India TV News Desk
JOHANNESBURG : South Africa has appointed batsman Hashim Amla as its new test cricket captain, succeeding longtime leader Graeme Smith who retired.

Cricket South Africa named Amla on Tuesday ahead of wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers, who appeared to be the front-runner to replace Smith.
The 31-year-old Amla has previously shied away from the captaincy role when approached to do the job in limited-overs cricket but had a change of heart after Smith's retirement.
Amla said in a statement: "I have concentrated on taking my batting to the highest possible level and now I feel I am in a position to make a contribution to South African cricket in a leadership role."
Smith announced his retirement in March after more than a decade in charge of the test team.