Faf says his name is in hat with AB to lead

2014-04-28 00:00

BLOEMFONTEIN - Faf du Plessis said he has been in talks with Cricket South Africa (CSA) and his name is definitely in the hat ï¾— together with that of AB de Villiers.

Du Plessis told sport360.com he and De Villiers were on the short list to succeed Graeme Smith as the Test captain for the Proteas.

An official announcement can be expected early in June, said Haroon Lorgat, executive head of CSA.

Smith has since his retirement from international cricket joined the English county cricket team Surrey, where he last week scored 65 against Essex.

It is no surprise that Du Plessis and De Villiers are on the short list for the national captaincy. They respectively captained the Proteas T20 and One- Day squads.

Even the former South African captain Ali Bacher recently told Sport24 that De Villiers should be appointed the Test captain and Du Plessis as his deputy.

Meanwhile, Hashim Amla is also seen as a third candidate for the Test captaincy when the Proteas meet Sri Lanka in two Tests in June.

モWe [Du Plessis and De Villiers] have discussed this [the captaincy] and said it was important to support each other, regardless of who gets the job, especially now that Graeme is gone,ヤ said Du Plessis.

He said Smith was such a strong leader that he took the captaincy on himself for more than a decade. Now it was important to have the rest of the teamï¾’s support in place for the new captain, whoever it will be, said Du Plessis.

ユ?Marvan Atapattu has meanwhile been appointed as Sri Lankaメs acting coach for his teamメs home series against the Proteas. He is Sri Lankaメs seventh coach in four years.

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