Amla, who had been facing criticism for his leadership after losing the Indian series 0-3 and then the first match against England, did answer back with a double century (201) at Newlands but decided to step down as skipper. ODI captain AB de Villiers will lead the Proteas side in the remaining two matches.           
Amla was named as Graeme Smith's replacement as captain in mid-2014 and this was his sixth series in charge. After winning his first three rubber's against Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and West Indies, he oversaw a rain-affected drawn series against Bangladesh and then his team's first overseas defeat in nine years in India.

"This decision has not an easy one to make I felt I had to be true to myself. I am comfortable with my decision and I feel I need to work on my own game," Amla said in a statement.       
"I was deeply honoured when the position was given to me. Throughout my time as captain, I have always had the support of my team-mates and coaching staff . I remain committed to the Proteas across all formats and I will fully support whoever is shown as my successor," he added.


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