Amla retires as Test skipper after draw

South Africa top order batsman Hashim Amla has resigned from the Test captaincy with immediate effect, he announced after the second Test against England ended in a draw in Cape Town on Wednesday.

ODI skipper AB de Villiers will lead the side for the rest of the series, starting with the third Test in Johannesburg on 14 January.

Amla was under massive pressure since the start of his tenure, following on from Graeme Smith's decade in charge, and with the loss of the series against India combined with the defeat in Durban, it sounded the end.

Amla's form with the bat seemed to suffer with the capaincy, scoring just one century in 2015, and while he returned to form at Newlands with a double ton to save the match, he opted to relinquish the formal leadership role.

He said at the post-match press conference, according to Sport24: "After careful thought and consideration I have decided to step down as captain of the Proteas Test team.

"I need to focus on my own game. I remain committed to the Proteas across all formats.

"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to captain my country."

With Amla's resignation comes speculation as to who will take over, with most assuming De Villiers will take the job in the long term. He was originally the front-runner to take over from Smith.

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