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Hashim Amla new Proteas captain

Hashim Amla has been announced as the new Proteas Test captain.

Proteas batsman Hashim Amla at the announcement of his Test captaincy, flanked by CSA head Haroon Lorgat (L) and coach Russell Domingo (R), Johannesburg, 3 June 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Hashim Amla has been announced as the new the Proteas Test captain, taking the place of Graeme Smith.

The Cricket South Africa (CSA) Board of Directors accepted a unanimous recommendation by the national selectors, announcing the decision a short while ago.

"It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Hashim on his appointment," said CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat. "Hashim is universally respected, both in South Africa and around the cricketing world.

"Stability has been one of the endearing qualities he has brought to the Proteas and this is important at a time when we have had to replace several key players in Smith, [Jacques] Kallis and [Mark] Boucher."

It was also revealed that AB de Villiers will be the vice captain to Amla while the men will reverse roles in the One Day format.

Amla's first outing as captain will be in Sri Lanka next month for a two-match series.

Responding to the announcement, Amla said it was "an honour and a privilege" to lead the national Test team.

"I would like to pay tribute to the leadership Graeme Smith has provided throughout my international career. This is an exciting challenge but one that I take on with positivity with our Test team being in exceptionally good space at the moment with the support of a strong core of senior players."

Amla's predecessor has welcomed the news: