12 Mar 2009

Prince dumped as captain

7:47 am on 12 March 2009

The South Africa cricket selectors have dumped Ashwell Prince as captain only one day after announcing the team's regular vice-captain would lead the side in the absence of injured skipper Graeme Smith.

Smith will miss next week's third Test against Australia because of a fractured little finger and Prince, who had been unable to win a place in the side for the first two Tests, had been recalled in a 12-man squad for Cape Town.

Chairman of selectors Mike Procter had said Prince, whose place in the Test side for the home series against Australia had been taken by JP Duminy at No.5, would return as an opening batsman and skipper.

Now they say they've decided to stand Ashwell Prince down as captain to allow him to concentrate on his new position of opening batsman.

Jacques Kallis will now captain the team on a one-off basis in next week's third Test against Australia.

Kallis, South Africa's all-time leading runscorer, also captained the side in the third Test against Australia three years ago in Johannesburg when Smith was injured.

Prince missed South Africa's 2-1 series win over Australia in Australia in December and January because of a thumb injury and Duminy thrived in his debut series, scoring a match-winning maiden century of 166 in the Melbourne Test in December.