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Why it's okay for Hashim Amla to walk away from captaincy

The sudden announcement by Hashim Amla to quit as Proteas test captain surprised many fans, but cricket commentator Neil Manthorpe says it makes perfect sense.

Manthorpe said the overrated position of captaincy had not suited Amla in the past, adding that the decision made by the batsman would allow him to improve his form and mentor team players such as Temba Bavuma.

Since his appointment as successor to Graeme Smith in June 2014, Amla captained the Proteas in 14 tests, winning four, drawing six and losing four.

Listen to the full conversation:

I don't think that it is about his win-loss record or anything like that. It is about his form.

Neil Manthorpe, Cricket commentator

He will be able to focus without worrying about field-placing, bowling changes and this and that - by this and that, I think he meant press conferences and the media.

Neil Manthorpe, Cricket commentator

Cricket captaincy is a colonial legacy that we attach such enormous importance to and put them along side celebrities and politicians. But it is a job.

Neil Manthorpe, Cricket commentator

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