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Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat: “We respect Hashim’s decision and the manner in which he thought about it and then communicated with me. It was consistent with his well respected personality.

“He still has a huge role to play in shaping the success of our team without the need for a leadership title. He is just that type of a person and we are very fortunate to have him in our stable.“I want to thank AB for readily accepting the challenge of rebuilding our Test team as we seek to remain the best team in the world.”

Simon Coston: “De Villiers to open the bowling as well in the next test? He’s done pretty much every other job for SA this series.”

More from Hashim Amla: “Naturally this decision is not an easy one but the more I think about it the more I believe I can be of greater value to the Proteas as a fully focused batsman and senior player at this time of rebuilding our team.

“I am deeply grateful and privileged to have been the Test captain and I wish to thank CSA for the honour of captaining my country. It was enjoyable and indeed a great learning experience.”