Faf du Plessis stands down as South Africa's T20I, Test captain

Clearing the way for the appointment of Quinton de Kock as the South African captain in all the three formats of the game, swashbuckling batsman Faf du Plessis has stepped down as the skipper of both Test and T20I teams with immediate effect. 

Announcing the news, the 35-year-old cited that he has decided to take a step back from the leadership role in order to allow the emergence of the next generation of skippers within the team under the new stewardship of de Kock. 

Du Plessis said that he made the 'tough' decision in the best interests of the South African team, adding that he would remain fully committed to support De Kock, head coach Mark Boucher and his teammates in rebuilding as a group.