It has been quite a turbulent 15 month period for South African cricket as captaincy has changed hands quickly on more than one occcassion. It comes as a total surprise as South Africa star batsman AB de Villiers has officially stepped down as the skipper of test team. De Villiers was made the captain of the side after Hashim Amla decided to call it quits in the middle of the Basil D’Oliveira trophy played against England. He led the side in game played at Johannesburg and Centurion against England before a shoulder injury sidelined him for the series against New Zealand at home and away tour to Australia.
He made this decision as he is all set to miss the series against Srilanka at home. Cricket South Africa officials have confirmed the news and immediately made Faf du Plessis the new captain for South Africa following his impressive leadership skills that helped the side win the series in Australia.
De Villiers said that he has always played for his country and has made the decision in the best interest of the national side going forward into the next year. Faf du Plessis was rumored to be better suited to captaincy after showing great temperament against Australia in the three match test series. The star batsman said that he has given his full backing to the new captain Faf du Plessis as they have known each other for a period of two decades after playing for the same school in South Africa.
AB de Villiers will be back in the one day leg of the tour against Srilanka as he still has a long way to go to regain full fitness.