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Amla Named South Africa Test Captain

Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla is South Africa's new Test captain
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Hashim Amla has been named as South Africa's new Test captain, succeeding Graeme Smith, who announced his retirement last year.

Smith had led the side since 2003, twice taking them to the top of the ICC Test rankings, and Amla's task will now be to take over a side that is beginning a new era for South African cricket.

Experienced players including Smith, Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher have all retired in recent years, leaving Amla with a relatively inexperienced side to take charge of.

AB de Villiers, who was expected by some to be given the top job, will take on the role of Amla's vice-captain while Amla will act as de Villiers' vice-captain in One-Day International cricket.

"I'd like to pay tribute to Graeme Smith for leading us so well in the last 10 yrs I have been involved with the national team," Amla said at a press conference.

"I am humbled and honoured to be given this opportunity by CSA and the board. I look forward to giving this my all.

"We have a good group of senior players who have taken on leadership roles and I look forward to picking their brains and moving the team forward," he added.

"I learned that if you copy the leadership style of another captain, you will not be as successful as them. I want to see what I can bring."

Amla has played 76 Tests, 85 ODIs and 26 Twenty20 Internationals for his country and is the only South African to have registered a triple-century in Test cricket, hitting 311 not out against England in 2012.

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