South Africa name Dean Elgar Test captain and Temba Bavuma ODI and T20I captain

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Bavuma will lead them in the next two T20 World Cups, and Elgar in the next World Test Championship cycle

South Africa have appointed Dean Elgar as their new Test captain and Temba Bavuma the leader of their limited-overs teams. Bavuma, who will also be the vice-captain in Tests, will lead them in the next two T20 World Cups – in 2021 and 2022 – and in the next 50-over World Cup in 2023. Elgar will lead the Test side in the next cycle of the World Test Championship.

“We are grateful to Quinton for the work he has put in as captain of the team in the limited overs formats and are indebted to him for stepping up while the National Selection Panel continued its search for the Test captain,” Graeme Smith, CSA’s director of cricket, was quoted in a board release. “We expect him to still play an integral role in the team’s leadership group.

“We as CSA are pleased with the appointments of Temba and Dean and believe that we have the men who will lead the Proteas back to their winning ways of old. The pair bring the required stability in both leadership and form to turn the ship in the direction that will eventually bring trophies back to the cabinets.

“Temba has been a strong and influential voice in the team in recent times and has shown consistency on the field in all formats, solidifying his place as a leader. He also has the trust and backing of the players and coaches around him. We are excited to have him lead the Proteas in the upcoming T20 World Cups as well as the 2023 World Cup in India. He will also be the Test team’s vice-captain, working closely with Dean to ensure continuity and stability in the squad.

“Dean has made no secret of his Test captaincy ambitions over the years and we are pleased to have a leader who is ready, willing and able to step up to the massive task of turning our Test cricket fortunes around. His role as a leader in the Test team has never been in doubt and I know that he relishes the prospect of captaining the Test team. We are confident that he will bring the same grit and determination to his captaincy as he has brought to his many performances on the field over many years.”

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