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Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis has announced that he is stepping down from his role as captain of the South Africa’s Test and T20i teams effective immediately.

The 35 year old has cited a need to take a step back from captaincy in order to help facilitate the emergence of the next generation of leaders within the team under the new stewardship of Quinton de Kock.

Du Plessis would like to concentrate on contributing to the team as a batsman and senior player who will offer guidance and advice to the new leadership group as part of their succession plan.

“When i took over the leadership , i did so with commitment to lead, perform and importantly to serve. As a team heads into a new direction with new leaders and young crop of players, i feel it would be in the best interest of South African cricket to relinquish the captaincy” – Faf du Plessis