Paarl: AB de Villiers will take on a heavy workload as South Africa's new limited-overs captain in the five-game series against Sri Lanka starting on Wednesday.
De Villiers adds the captaincy to his role as wicketkeeper and South Africa's No 5 batsman, and says "it is not going to be easy. I'm prepared to make some mistakes but hopefully I'm going to learn from them and do better as I become a better captain."
The 27-year-old right-hander, the world's No 2-ranked ODI batsman, was due to take over as skipper from Graeme Smith against Australia last year but missed that series with injury.
His captaincy debut was delayed but he says "I'm definitely ready now," adding he's prepared to take advice from the experienced Smith when he goes "a little wayward."