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GRAEME SMITH LEAVES A LEGACY IN CRICKET
- Updated: March 4, 2014
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has applauded South African cricket captain, Graeme Smith, for a job well done in raising the Proteas flag high and wishes him well in his retirement.
With a myriad of achievements and titles to his name, Smith captained the South African Test cricket side for more than 10 years, having taken over in all formats from Shaun Pollock following the 2003 Cricket World Cup. On the 2003 South African tour to England he made double centuries in consecutive Test matches: 277 at Edgbaston, and 259 at Lord’s, the latter being the highest score made at Lord’s by a foreign player.
Smith will now move on to play his cricket for Surrey, where he is the captain.
Smith played his 100th Test against England on 19 July 2012. He captained his 100th career Test match on 1 February 2013, against Pakistan, on his 32nd birthday and in October 2013 became only the second South African and 12th player overall to reach 9 000 runs in Test cricket in his 112th test match.
Says SASCOC CEO, Tubby Reddy: We appreciate all your hard work in taking South African cricket to another level. Retirements are the door to start great things and as South Africa’s macro sports body, we wish you a happy retirement make it a new beginning and find new endeavours. Your footprints will forever stay in the cricketing code Happy retirement.
Known for the success of his opening partnership with fellow Test player Herschelle Gibbs, Smith has the distinction of having been involved in all four of South Africa’s opening partnerships in excess of 300 runs. In three of them he was partnered by Gibbs, and in 2008 Smith added 415 for the first wicket with Neil McKenzie against Bangladesh, a world record opening partnership.