'Four or five people' can fill Proteas Test captaincy

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Team manager Mohammed Moosajee has suggested Cricket South Africa have, effectively, earmarked "four or five people that can fill the role" of Test captain.

Team manager Mohammed Moosajee has suggested Cricket South Africa have, effectively, earmarked "four or five people that can fill the role" of Test captain.

The veteran Graeme Smith vacated the position earlier this year, in the wake of a disappointing series defeat to Australia, who have since claimed the number one ranking in the International Cricket Council's Test rankings.

ODI skipper AB de Villiers, Twenty20 International captain Faf du Plessis have been listed as possible replacements for Smith, while batsman JP Duminy is also in contention, albeit marginally.

"We are a diverse country with a diverse group of players and we have a melting pot of cultures in the dressing room. We have built our team environment around that, which has meant learning and respecting each other's backgrounds and using that to become a strong unit," said Moosajee.

"We are fortunate that we've had inspirational leaders in the past and now we hope to have another one. We have four or five people that can fill the role. Graeme was one of a kind – he was tough and he wore his heart on his sleeve."

The Proteas will tour Sri Lanka for two Tests in July, meet Zimbabwe for a one-off fixture at the Harare Sports Club in August – and contest three more with the West Indies in Centurion, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town in December through January.

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