"Firstly, all Glory and thanks to the Almighty for granting me this Proteas journey
which has been nothing but a joy and privilege,"
Amla said in a statement.
"I learnt many lessons during this incredible ride, made many friends and most importantly shared in the love of a brotherhood called #proteafire.
"I would like to thank my parents for their prayers, love and support, it is their shadow over me
that enabled me to play for years under the Protea sun. Also, my family, friends and agent, my team mates
and every member of the support staff throughout this incredible journey
A heartfelt thank you to every one of you! "