Hashim Amla Named New South African Test Captain

South African opener Hashim Amla has been named the new Test captain, almost four months after Graeme Smith announced his retirement.

Updated: June 04, 2014 13:27 IST
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Johannesburg: South African star batsman Hashim Alma was named the country's Test cricket captain on Tuesday, replacing retiring Graeme Smith who led the side for a decade.

A "glad and humbled" Amla said he would give "all his heart" to the role, vowing to put together a "winning combination" able to return South Africa to the top of the Test rankings.

"Throughout the years I have concentrated mainly on my batting, trying to become the best batsman possible and hopefully I can still get there," Amla said.

"But now I do feel it is time to act, to contribute in a team environment."

Amla, 31, who made his test debut against India in Kolkata 10 years ago, praised the work done by his predecessor, whose legacy looms large.

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