Proteas

AB accepts captaincy decision

2014-06-05 12:01
Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - AB de Villiers says he is disappointed at missing out on becoming South Africa's next Test captain but has given his assurance that he'll support Hashim Amla.

Amla was on Tuesday named as Graeme Smith's successor. The decision was somewhat surprising, as it was expected that De Villiers - already SA's ODI skipper - would receive the honour.

In an interview with the Beeld website, De Villiers admitted that he was disappointed after not being named Test captain. But he said he accepted the decision and won't let his disappointment ruin his good relationship with Amla.

"It would be very stupid of me to let it negatively influence my game and my role in the team. The decision has been made and I wish Hashim all the best and assure him of my support."

De Villiers will be Amla's deputy in Tests, with the roles reversed in ODIs.

The week was not all doom and gloom for De Villiers though after he won big at the Cricket South Africa awards in Johannesburg on Wednesday night.

De Villiers became the eighth player to be named South Africa’s cricketer of the year. He was also named Test cricketer of the year, was recognised by his peers as SA players’ player of the year and, by popular vote of the public, SA fans’ cricketer of the year.

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