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Summary

  1. Match drawn - bad light finished play early
  2. Hashim Amla resigns as South Africa captain
  3. England lead 1-0 in four-match series
  4. Bairstow and Moeen see England through
  5. England were 85-4 and 116-6

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By Stephan Shemilt and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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And that, I think, is that. We're leaving it here before anyone else resigns.

Switch your eyes to Sportsday Live for further reaction to Hashim Amla's reaction.

The cricket team will be back on 14 January for the third Test. Goodbye.

Series summary

First Test, Durban: England won by 241 runs

Second Test, Cape Town: Match drawn

Third Test, Johannesburg: 14-18 January

Fourth Test, Centurion: 22-26 January

AB De Villiers
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Well, I'm not sure any of us were expecting that, were we?

What an end to this second Test. Hashim Amla resigns as South Africa captain after making a double century and a pretty decent performance from his side.

When we pitch up in Johannesburg, the Proteas will have AB de Villiers in charge.

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Richard Thomas: "Amla has history here. Given up the captaincy of several sides over the years. Clearly a reluctant skipper. Damn fine bat, tho."

Alastair Cook and Hashim Amla
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England captain Alastair Cook on Hashim Amla's resignation: "You're under pressure as a captain for a lot of the time.

"He'll have his reasons and I wish him all the best - he's a really nice guy.

"I did ask if he planned to have a couple of Tests off, but unfortunately he's still planning on batting against us.

"It's always sad when someone steps down, because to captain your country is a huge honour and a real privilege."

This feels like a long old post-match reaction session. We haven't had any play since 13:45.

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Craig Woodhead: Leave work with Amla as South Africa captain after a good draw, arrive home and AB De Villiers is captain.

For some reason, Sir Alex Ferguson has popped into my mind.

Whoever followed Graeme Smith as South Africa captain was going to have a tough job, just like the man who followed Fergie into Old Trafford. Hashim Amla is playing the David Moyes role in this story.

Does that make AB de Villiers the Louis van Gaal? 

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Wyndham Hacket Pain: After many England captains resigning against South Africa, it is refreshing for for this trend to be reversed.

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More from Hashim Amla: “Throughout my time as captain, whether in good times or tough times, I’ve always had the full support of my team mates, coaching staff and management. I want to acknowledge this superb group of people for always being there and for supporting me wholeheartedly."

Amla clarifies to the press conference - says he started THINKING about resigning 2 weeks ago, hadn't made the decision 2 weeks ago.

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Paul Hawkins: So after rumours AB De Villiers to quit Test cricket, he's now Proteas captain after Hashim Amla resigns? Wow

AB De Villiers
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The daft thing about of all of this is that there were rumours about AB de Villiers retiring during the first Test. The man himself even spoke of lightening his workload. Taking on the captaincy is not a way to do less work.

Can't see it affecting SA negatively. AB a stronger leader and very astute cricketer and they now have a liberated Amla in good form.

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Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat: “We respect Hashim’s decision and the manner in which he thought about it and then communicated with me. It was consistent with his well respected personality.

“He still has a huge role to play in shaping the success of our team without the need for a leadership title. He is just that type of a person and we are very fortunate to have him in our stable.“I want to thank AB for readily accepting the challenge of rebuilding our Test team as we seek to remain the best team in the world."

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Simon Coston: De Villiers to open the bowling as well in the next test? He's done pretty much every other job for SA this series.

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More from Hashim Amla: “Naturally this decision is not an easy one but the more I think about it the more I believe I can be of greater value to the Proteas as a fully focused batsman and senior player at this time of rebuilding our team.

“I am deeply grateful and privileged to have been the Test captain and I wish to thank CSA for the honour of captaining my country. It was enjoyable and indeed a great learning experience.”   

Amla resigns

Hashim Amla was the surprise choice as South Africa Test captain when Graeme Smith retired in 2014.

Previously seen as a reluctant leader, Amla led the Proteas in 14 Tests, winning four, drawing six and losing four.

Amla: "The decision was made 2 weeks ago not over the last couple of days. It just so happened I got 200 runs, but it has been coming."

More from AB de Villiers: “At the moment my priority and focus is placed on leading this team to what can be a memorable series win against England. 

"This Test squad is motivated and determined to turn our performances around and I’m looking forward to taking up that challenge as captain. Hashim is a good friend and close colleague and I am grateful for his support.”   

De Villiers named South Africa captain

AB de Villiers: “I’ve said this before that it is an incredible honour to captain South Africa in any format. 

"The captaincy has obviously come at short notice and is the realisation of a lifelong dream."

De Villiers takes over as Proteas captain

AB De Villiers and Hashim Amla
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Cricket South Africa have confirmed that AB de Villiers will take over as Proteas captain for the rest of the series.

Amla resigns as South Africa captain

Hashim Amla: "This decision was not easy but I felt I needed to do it. I have given my best at all times but feel there's a greater need to work on my own game.

"To be captain is the pinnacle of any sportsman and I am extremely grateful to have captained this great team.

"I believe there is a great deal I can still offer the team and look forward to contributing towards their success."

Hashim Amla resigns as South Africa captain

Confirmed. Hashim Amla has stepped down as South Africa captain. He has read a statement to the media.

What a shocker after this second Test. 

Hashim Amla and the South Africa team
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We think that Hashim Amla is just waiting to speak to the media to confirm his resignation. There is nothing official from Cricket South Africa yet.

Just to reiterate, we've not had this confirmed just yet, but it seems that Hashim Amla's resignation is currently circulating around Newlands. Alastair Cook has just been asked about it in his post-match media conference.

Alastair Cook and Hashim Amla shake hands
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"It's a bit of a shock," says Alastair Cook. You're not kidding, skipper.

Hashim Amla
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That's a helluva tweet from TMS, isn't it? Reports from South Africa are saying that Hashim Amla has quit as Test captain. What a story that would be in the middle of the series.

It's usually the England captain who goes when these two meet isn't it?

Story of the match

Day one: England 317-5 (Stokes 74*, Bairstow 39*)

Day two: England 629-6 dec (Stokes 258, Bairstow 150*); South Africa 141-2 (Amla 64*)

Day three: South Africa 353-3 (Amla 157*, De Villiers 88)

Day four: South Africa 627-7 dec (Amla 201, Bavuma 102*); England 16-0

Day five: England 159-6 (Bairstow 30*, Piedt 3-38)

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Stephen Cummins: Don't panic, still 1-0 up after two tests away against the number one test side. We'd have taken that.

Mike Crew: Only England could score 629 and end up relying on the weather to save the match!

England captain Alastair Cook on Sky Sports: "It wasn't ideal, but it's amazing what can happen when the pressure is off one side. It was a bit like how we played against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

"Over the last 10 days of cricket, we've had some really good ones. We probably bowled when the wicket was flattest and we still created chances, but we have to take those chances.

"Steven Finn bowled beautifully, probably our most threatening bowler. Everyone bowled pretty well, but South Africa deserve credit because they batted well under pressure.

"It's a bit frustrating because it hasn't clicked for me on this tour. I'll have a couple of days off, then work hard for Johannesburg."

Man of the match

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Man of the match Ben Stokes: "When I started going we had a good score anyway. I thought we had quite a lot runs, so that if I got out it wouldn't be the worst thing. I started going for my shots and it paid off.

"I'd done some work with my technique, but the main part of my game is 'see ball, hit ball'

"Credit to Jonny. The way he went about his innings was amazing. You can never take that hundred away from him. It's a result of the work he's out in over the past year or so."

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More from Hashim Amla: "It was nice to get some runs again. It's one of the best places in the world to play and we were pleased to see so many supporters here.

"Bavuma's innings was exceptional. He's been under pressure with people doubting his place in the team but he's got real talent and we're all pleased the way he showed that."

South Africa captain Hashim Amla: "Stokes and Bairstow batted extremely well but for us to claw our way back the way we did was pleasing. We gave them some chances but that's the way it goes.

"The next two matches should be really exciting. Both teams are evenly matched but we've got more positives to take into the next match."

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Bryony Lever: Crafty but not wise from Jonny Bairstow. I crawled under the covers once and got trodden on.

England captain Alastair Cook: "It was a little bit nervous. It's amazing when only one side can win it, the pressure is all on one side. South Africa bowled well. It would have been really disappointing to bat out the day.

"On the first day it was a really good cricket wicket, but the pace slowly died. The partnership between Stokes and Bairstow accelerated the game. It was outstanding, a privilege to watch.

"The bowlers put the ball in really good areas. We played against some really good batting. To get 600 when you have conceded 600 is a really good effort from them. It might have been different had we taken our chances."

Presentation time. Skippers and man of the match coming up.