Hashim Amla quits as Proteas test captain

This comes after the draw against England during the second Test today.

Hashim Amla. Picture: Official Cricket South Africa Facebook Page.

JOHANNESBURG - Proteas Test Captain Hashim Amla today announced that he will be stepping down from leading the Proteas with immediate effect.

Since his appointment as successor to Graeme Smith in June 2014, Amla captained the Proteas in 14 tests, winning four, drawing six and losing four.

Amla, who had decided to step down before the drawn second Sunfoil Test against England at PPC Newlands, in his true style informed his team mates immediately after the match ended.

"Naturally this decision is not an easy one, but the more I think about it the more I believe I can be of greater value to the Proteas as a fully focused batsman and senior player at this time of rebuilding our team," said Amla.

Vice-Captain, AB de Villiers, has agreed to take over the captaincy for the remainder of the series.

"We respect Hashim's decision and the manner in which he thought about it and then communicated with me. It was consistent with his well respected personality," said Cricket SA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.

Amla also paid tribute to his fellow players and management team.

"Throughout my time as captain, whether in good times or tough times, I've always had the full support of my team mates, coaching staff and management. I want to acknowledge this superb group of people for always being there and for supporting me wholeheartedly."

Meanwhile, many fans took to social media to thank Amla:

Credit to Hashim Amla for having accepted the job against his instinct, his willingness to serve is examplary https://t.co/hI8iuzx860

Hashim Amla puts his team and country before himself, and steps down to focus on scoring runs for South Africa.

Thank you @amlahash

Sad to see Hashim Amla resign as skipper of South Africa but he's a better player without the burden of captaincy.

When I'm big I want to be like @amlahash #respect #amla