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Hashim Amla will make history on Wednesday when he leads the Proteas onto the field at Galle International Stadium as the first player of colour to captain South Africa's test cricket team on a permanent basis. Amla also enters the two-test series against Sri Lanka in excellent batting form.
Graeme Smith stepped down from test cricket after 109 matches in charge of the Proteas, as Australia handed South Africa their first series defeat in five years by winning the third test at Newlands on Wednesday.
As captain Graeme Smith said afterwards, the Proteas seem to find ways of failing in big tournaments. India handed South Africa a 37-run defeat in Durban on Thursday night, knocking the host country out of the inaugural Twenty20 World Championships.