Prince to captain
South Africa: Ashwell Prince will captain South Africa in Sri Lanka later
this month after Graeme Smith's withdrawal from the tour with an ankle
injury, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said in a media release on Tuesday.
Prince, 29, becomes
South Africa's first black test captain.
He made his debut
against Australia in Johannesburg in 2001-02 and he has played 21 tests,
scoring 1,089 runs at an average of 37.55.
"The most important
thing will be to get the best out of the guys (in Sri Lanka) and to get them
to perform in those conditions," Prince said on Tuesday.
"The conditions will
be very different to what we're used to with the humidity and the heat."
himself in 2004-05 with consistent performances in the middle order in South
Africa's home series against England.
He cemented his place
in the side with a gritty 119 against Australia in Sydney in January.
omitted from the squad after scoring just 125 runs in six innings against
Australia in March, will replace Smith who tore ankle ligaments while
running on Saturday.
The South Africans
will also be without premier all rounder Jacques Kallis, who is recovering
from elbow surgery.
The first of two tests
between Sri Lanka and South Africa start on July 27. India will be the third
team in a one-day triangular tournament that ends on August 29.