Cricket world`s favorite batsman and bowlers threat AB de Villiers was named South Africa’s full-time Test captain, Cricket South Africa declared on Friday . It said the decision was based on a recommendation from the national selectors. De Villiers, 31, assumed control over the captaincy on a fleeting premise for the last two Tests against England after Hashim Amla decided to resign after the end of second Test.

At the time there was speculation about the celebrity of cricket AB de Villiers long-term future in international cricket and the player himself said he wanted to have discussions with CEO Haroon Lorgat and boss selector Linda Zondi if he somehow happened to proceed in the employment

An announcement from Cricket South Africa said De Villiers had acknowledged the arrangement and cited him as saying: “This is an energizing time for South African cricket and I am respected to have been requested that commander the Test group into another period.” Lorgat said: “Abdominal muscle’s dedication to the Proteas and worldwide cricket is a lesson for some different cricketers and the Board was consistent in designating AB. I am certain that he will show others how its done and show the splendor and enthusiasm that he is so honored with.”

South Africa’s next Test series is at its own field to New Zealand in the mid of August. The board awarded contracts to 16 players. Outstanding avoidances from the rundown were opening batsman Stephen Cook, who made a century on presentation in the fourth Test against England, and off-spinner Dane Piedt, who played in three of the four Tests.

Contracted players: AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn (all two-year contracts), Kyle Abbott, Temba Bavuma, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw (one-year contracts).

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