South Africa have lost two of the country’s finest ever batsman over the last 12 months, but in AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla they retain world class performers who dug the Proteas out of a spot of trouble on Wednesday.
A sparkling unbeaten stand of 168 between Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers punished a labouring West Indies bowling attack as South Africa went to tea on 225 for three on day one of the opening test at Centurion on Wednesday.
A day after former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting backed Kevin Pietersen's 'bullying' claims inside the England dressing roon, former South African skipper Graeme Smith too agreed with his counterpart and said the Proteas tried to use it against them to take advantage.
Former Proteas cricket captain Graeme Smith has praised Jacques Kallis for his honesty in accepting that he could not face the possibility of letting down the Proteas in the run-up to next year`s World Cup.
Hashim Amla had big shoes to fill, literally and figuratively, when he took over the captaincy of the South African test team from Graeme Smith, but he has come through his first series in Sri Lanka having ticked all the right boxes.
Hashim Amla will make history on Wednesday when he takes the field as South Africa`s first permanent non-white skipper, helming a team in transition after the retirements of Test greats Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis.
Senior batsman Hashim Amla was today named captain of South Africa`s Test team, succeeding Graeme Smith, despite speculation that his refusal to endorse the beer brand, which sponsors the team, could be a hurdle in his appointment.
Star batsmen AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla are the leading candidates to succeed Graeme Smith as South Africa`s Test captain. Cricket South Africa`s board meets in Johannesburg Tuesday to make what is seen as a crucial decision after a decade of Smith at the helm.
Former South African captain Ali Bacher has said that the team`s current ODI squad captain AB de Villiers should be given the reins of the nation`s Test team, with Faf du Plessis being appointed as vice-captain.