South Africa won't make quick decision on Graeme Smith captain replacement
Cricket South Africa will not make a rush decision over finding a replacement for retired captain Graeme Smith.
Last Updated: 06/03/14 10:07am
Smith stepped down from the role at the end of the third Test with Australia on Wednesday, the emotion of the occasion unable to stop them going down by 245 runs in a tense finale at Newlands.
Current vice-captain AB De Villiers, who skippers the one-day side, and Twenty20 captain Faf Du Plessis seem to be front-runners to take over as only South Africa's fifth Test captain.
But with no five-day matches coming up soon, CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said selectors had plenty of breathing space before the need to make a definite decision.
Bit of time
"The next test series is in Sri Lanka in July. So there's a bit of time and something the selectors will have to deal with. I don't want to pre-empt anything at this stage," Lorgat said.
"My recollection of the process is that the board confirms the appointment of the captain. I would support that approach. It's a big appointment, it's the leader.
"I'm sure the selectors will look across the entire team and choose, or recommend, whom they believe to be the best leader."
CSA also confirmed one change to their centrally-contracted players for the 2014 season with Smith's contract going to Dean Elgar, who established himself in the South Africa batting line-up during the Australia series.