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AB De Villiers appointed Proteas Test captain

De Villiers has accepted the offer on a permanent basis after serving as the stand-in captain.

AB de Villiers. Picture: @OfficialCSA.

JOHANNESBURG - Cricket South Africa's (CSA) has confirmed AB de Villiers as the Proteas Test Captain following a recommendation received from the National Selectors.

De Villiers has accepted the offer to lead the Proteas on a permanent basis after serving as the stand-in captain for the last two tests against England.

His first assignment in charge will be against New Zealand in August in South Africa.

CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat said, "AB is a class cricketer and a special person and the Board is delighted that he has taken on the responsibility to lead the Proteas Test team during this crucial phase of guiding new players and rebuilding the team to once again be the best in the world. Having known AB since he started his international career, I am confident that he will lead by example and display the brilliance and passion that he is so blessed with."

Lorgat also thanked the former captain of Proteas, Hashim Alma.

"I would also like to thank Hashim Amla for the manner in which he led the Proteas during a very tough transitional period."

The new captain also expressed his delight.

"This is an exciting time for South African cricket, and I am honoured to have been asked to captain the Test team into a new era. I thoroughly enjoyed captaining in the last two Tests against England, and although I still have a lot to learn in this role, it's a new challenge that I'm excited to take on," said De Villiers.

"I have been privileged to play in several outstanding Proteas teams over the past 11 seasons, and I believe we are witnessing the emergence of another great team. There is plenty of hard work ahead of us; we are rebuilding and have a long way to go to being a finished product as a squad. We may have to fight through some tough times, but the recent performances of Kagiso Rabada, Temba Bavuma, Dane Piedt, Dean Elgar and others have created an opportunity to build a team that delights and unites our country as never before. I could not be more excited about the future."

The Board also confirmed the national contracted players for the next year, with certain players being awarded two-year contracts.

The contracted players are:

Kyle Abbott

David Miller

Hashim Alma (2 years)

Morne Morkel (2 years)

Temba Bavuma

Wayne Parnell

Farhaan Behardien

Aaron Phangiso

Quinton de Kock

Vernon Philander (2 Years)

AB de Villiers (2 Years)

Kagiso Rabada

Rilee Rossouw

Faf du Plessis (2 years)

JP Duminy (2 years)

Dale Steyn (2 Years)

Dean Elgar

Bavuma, Behardien and Rossouw have all been awarded national contracts for the first time. They were previously all on High Performance contracts.

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