England coach Trevor Bayliss does not expect Hashim Amla's resignation to make "too much difference" to the South African team. Amla, 32, resigned from the role following the Proteas's draw against England at Newlands in Cape Town and has been replaced by AB de Villiers for the remaining two Tests of the four-Test series.
Bayliss does not expect the change of captains to make a major difference to South Africa, though he suggested it could give Amla more opportunity to concentrate on his batting. The right-hander scored a double-century at Newlands, but has generally struggled to maintain his form since taking charge of the team in June 2014.
"I don't think it'll have too much of a difference with the South African team," he said, according to Sky Sports. "Obviously Amla will still be in the team and he's in form after scoring 200 runs so that may even free his mind up even more.
"They have an able replacement so there won't be any problems at all I'd have thought. De Villiers is a guy with a lot of experience, has done the job before [in limited-overs cricket] and I just can't see too much of a problem."
The draw at Newlands will be best remembered for Ben Stokes's thrilling innings of 258. However, the left-hander was subsequently criticised for his reckless dismissal on day five, when he was caught at long-leg as England looked to save the game.
Despite this, Bayliss said he has no intention of curbing Stokes's aggressive mindset. "I think over a period of time he'll become more consistent and maybe take lot more right options," the Australian explained. "As we saw in the second innings it was probably the right shot ... maybe he didn't have to go after it as hard as there wasn't anyone fielding around the corner.
"So making the right decisions is an area that'll he learn going forward, but you don't want to stifle that sort of ability and he's going to be one of those players who can win a team a match and at different times he's going to disappoint as well, as all of those types of players in history have shown."