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SPORTS in brief

Published:Wednesday | June 4, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Amla to skipper S Africa

DURBAN (SA):

Hashim Amla was named South Africa's new Test cricket captain yesterday, overtaking apparent front-runner AB de Villiers and succeeding long-time leader Graeme Smith. The 31-year-old Amla previously shied away from the captaincy when approached to do the job in limited-overs cricket, but the batsman had a change of heart and made himself available after Smith's surprise retirement in March.

"I have concentrated on taking my batting to the highest possible level, and now, I feel I am in a position to make a contribution to South African cricket in a leadership role," Amla said.

De Villiers was named Amla's vice captain.

Beckham hints at comeback

LONDON (AP):

David Beckham said he might come out of retirement and play football again. The foootball great, who retired last year after a final stint at Paris Saint-Germain, said in a BBC documentary he had "a tough time" after hanging up his boots and is tempted to come out of retirement.

The 39-year-old Beckham, who is trying to launch a Major League Soccer team and build a stadium in Miami, said: "There's never been a player-owner, but maybe?"