Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

10 March 2014

South Africa: Cricket - South Africa's Test Captaincy Candidates

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South Africa won't name their new Test captain until after the World T20 beginning in Bangladesh next week. But that doesn't stop us from taking a look at some of the potential candidates in the running for the gig. ANTOINETTE MULLER runs the rule over those who are possibly in line to don the armband.

It will be some time before Cricket South Africa makes a call on who will succeed Graeme Smith as Test captain. Unlike normal jobs, there is no formal application process with a dressed-up cover letter. Instead, a group of men, most of them wearing suits, decide who would be best suited to lead the number one Test team in the world and who will be thrown under the proverbial truck of public scorn and delight.

The Proteas' next Test assignment will be to Sri Lanka in June/July. The same country where they last lost a series away from home, nearly a decade ago. It won't be a baptism by fire; rather by humidity, slow tracks and another reminder of the struggles when it comes to spin bowlers in the country.

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