‘Three SA captains a blessing’

2014-06-20 00:00

PRETORIA — South African cricket team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee says although many may not agree with him, he regards the appointment of different captains for the three codes of the game as a veiled blessing.

“Towards the end — while he was still at the helm of the Test and One-Day teams — I could see how the captaincy had drained Graeme Smith,” Moosajee yesterday said at Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Centre for Excellence at the L.C. de Villiers sports complex.

“I am convinced that the three captains [Hashim Amla, A.B. de Villiers and Faf du Plessis] will complement each other and will closely work as a team with the other senior players in the group.

“As a captain, Graeme [Smith] possessed a presence around him which commanded respect, A.B. leads by example and possesses flair, while Faf is a pragmatist and very methodical.

“I believe Hashim will be an inspirational captain,” said Moosajee, who probably knows the new captain better than anyone else in the group.

“There is a perception that Hashim is the silent, withdrawn type, but over the years, he has fulfilled a leadership role in the change room and often advised Graeme. He will definitely bring calmness into the locker room and it will be interesting to see how the players react to his style of ­captaincy.

“There is no one in the team who practises harder than he does and he is not someone to leave things over to chance. He is very thorough in his planning and that will be characteristic of his captaincy.

“There are six Test matches this season which will provide Hashim with the opportunity to familiarise himself with his new role. The down side is that the Tests are spread over a period and it will not promote continuity,” he said.

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