South Africa-born batsman Kevin Pietersen's hopes of a recall to the national team were in tatters due to "lack of trust" in the player.
Hashim Amla's appointment as permanent skipper signals changing times for the Proteas.
The caring, empathetic man who has left the cricket field is a far cry from the brash young batsman who took the Proteas helm more than a decade ago.
Australia's Ryan Harris took the last two wickets as South Africa came within five overs of saving the third Test - skipper Graeme Smith's final game.
Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers helped the Proteas to 71 for four, at stumps on day four of the third Test against Australia.
Graeme Smith's departure from international cricket will push the Proteas into a new period - lacking experience and, potentially, a leader.
Proteas Test captain Graeme Smith has announced an end to his international career, which will take affect after the current series against Australia.
South Africa has been bowled out for 287 in their first innings against Australia on day three of the third Test.
Following Australia's win over the Proteas at the weekend, Graeme Smith has downplayed SA's under-performance, saying the wicket aided Aussie's win.
SA captain Graeme Smith says his team's victory over India was part of "a fitting tribute" to Jacques Kallis, who has announced his retirement.
Jacques Kallis has bowed out of his final Test match for SA, playing a crucial part in the 10 wicket win over India.
Virat Kohli says India was surprised by the Proteas' decision to draw the five-day Test, but their Test captain Graeme Smith has defended the choice.
Test captain Graeme Smith has been withdrawn from last three one-day internationals against Pakistan because of "post concussion syndrome".
South Africa cricket captain Graeme Smith looks back with pride at his team's achievements on the road.
A dream debut for Kyle Abbott has left Pakistan reeling at 14 for one and still trailing by 239 runs in the third and final Test in Centurion.
Facing an extremely hostile attack, New Zealand were in deep trouble trailing South Africa by 478 at stumps on day two in Port Elizabeth.
Victory against New Zealand will not assure Graeme Smith's Proteas team the status they crave -- greatness.
What the SA cricket team has achieved over a sustainable period of time has been nothing short of remarkable, Proteas coach Gary Kirsten has said.
South African captain says it is the individuals' choice whether they respond to on-field Aussie chirps or not, writes Neil Manthorp from Adelaide.