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Hashim Amla resigned as South Africa captain immediately after his side drew the second Test against England.

The 32-year-old had been in poor form but made a double century to inspire his side’s fightback after England made 629-6 declared in Cape Town.

“I believe I can be of greater value as a fully focused batsman and senior player at this time,” said Amla.

AB de Villiers will lead South Africa in the third Test in Johannesburg, which starts on 14 January.

After his appointment as successor to Graeme Smith in June 2014, Amla captained the Proteas in 14 Tests.

He won four and drew six but oversaw four defeats in five Tests before the draw in Cape Town.

Amla, a veteran of 90 Tests and 7,108 runs, had not hit a century in Tests since December 2014 until his marathon effort at Newlands.

“I am deeply grateful and privileged to have been the Test captain. It was enjoyable and indeed a great learning experience,” added Amla.

De Villiers honoured to take over captaincy      

De Villiers, who already leads the one-day side, had raised doubts about his future in Test cricket during the first Test because of his busy workload, and handed over the wicketkeeping duties to Quinton de Kock for the second match.

The 31-year-old said: “It is an incredible honour to captain South Africa in any format. The captaincy has obviously come at short notice and is the realisation of a lifelong dream.

“At the moment my priority and focus is placed on leading this team to what can be a memorable series win against England. This Test squad is motivated and determined to turn our performances around and I’m looking forward to taking up that challenge as captain.”

Cook pays tribute to ‘nice guy’ Amla

England captain Alastair Cook said he felt sad to learn about Amla’s resignation.

“You’re under pressure as a captain for a lot of the time,” said Cook.

“It’s always sad when someone steps down because to captain your country is a huge honour and a real privilege.

“He’ll have his reasons and I wish him all the best – he’s a really nice guy.”

Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat said Amla “still had a huge role to play in shaping the success of our team”.

He added: “He is just that type of a person and we are very fortunate to have him in our stable.

“I want to thank AB for readily accepting the challenge of rebuilding our Test team as we seek to remain the best team in the world.”

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Hashim Amla resigned as South Africa captain immediately after his side drew the second Test against England.

The 32-year-old had been in poor form but made a double century to inspire his side’s fightback after England made 629-6 declared in Cape Town.

“I believe I can be of greater value as a fully focused batsman and senior player at this time,” said Amla.

AB de Villiers will lead South Africa in the third Test in Johannesburg, which starts on 14 January.

After his appointment as successor to Graeme Smith in June 2014, Amla captained the Proteas in 14 Tests.

He won four and drew six but oversaw four defeats in five Tests before the draw in Cape Town.

Amla, a veteran of 90 Tests and 7,108 runs, had not hit a century in Tests since December 2014 until his marathon effort at Newlands.

“I am deeply grateful and privileged to have been the Test captain. It was enjoyable and indeed a great learning experience,” added Amla.

De Villiers honoured to take over captaincy      

De Villiers, who already leads the one-day side, had raised doubts about his future in Test cricket during the first Test because of his busy workload, and handed over the wicketkeeping duties to Quinton de Kock for the second match.

The 31-year-old said: “It is an incredible honour to captain South Africa in any format. The captaincy has obviously come at short notice and is the realisation of a lifelong dream.

“At the moment my priority and focus is placed on leading this team to what can be a memorable series win against England. This Test squad is motivated and determined to turn our performances around and I’m looking forward to taking up that challenge as captain.”

Cook pays tribute to ‘nice guy’ Amla

England captain Alastair Cook said he felt sad to learn about Amla’s resignation.

“You’re under pressure as a captain for a lot of the time,” said Cook.

“It’s always sad when someone steps down because to captain your country is a huge honour and a real privilege.

“He’ll have his reasons and I wish him all the best – he’s a really nice guy.”

Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat said Amla “still had a huge role to play in shaping the success of our team”.

He added: “He is just that type of a person and we are very fortunate to have him in our stable.

“I want to thank AB for readily accepting the challenge of rebuilding our Test team as we seek to remain the best team in the world.”

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