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

Amla to skipper S Africa


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


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?"