The ODI skipper was snubbed for the five-day game.
South African wicketkeeper batsman AB de Villiers has admitted that he is dejected at not being made the nation’s next Test skipper after Graeme Smith, but the audacious batsman also insisted that the decision will not stand in the way of him contributing fully to the team’s cause.
One of the reasons why de Villiers might have been overlooked could be the fact that he is already one of the key batsmen in the side, and also the first choice Test wicketkeeper, and the burden of captaincy could weigh him down.
The 30-year old though is frank about his disappointment at not being chosen captain.
“I will not beat around the bush. I’m disappointed that I’m not the captain,” de Villiers was quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
“Everyone has dreams and ambitions and hopes they will become reality but I accept the situation and will not let it come between me and Hashim [Amla].
“It would be very stupid of me if I let it affect my game and my role in the team. The choice is made. I wish Hashim all the best and will give him all of my support.”
De Villiers continues to be the Proteas’ ODI skipper though and will lead them at the World Cup in Australia next year.
He is also the vice-captain of the Test side, and it could well be a blessing in disguise for him as he can now focus on his batting and fill the void created by the retirements of Smith and Jacques Kallis at the top of the South African batting order.