The captain of the South African cricket team, Graeme Smith has announced his official retirement from international cricket and will end his career after the current test that he is playing in against Australia. Many have praised Smith as being one of the greatest captains to have ever played in cricket, including England’s former skipper Alec Stewart who called him “top class”. Graeme Smith, who has been the captain of South Africa for an astonishing 11 years, is a great player and has retired as a South African cricket legend.
Graeme Smith made his international debut for South Africa in 2002 when his team where playing against Australia in Cape Town, but he grabbed everyone’s eye when he hit 200 runs in his third test. After the 2003 Cricket World Cup, he was given the international captaincy badge at the young age of 22 years old as he succeeded from former captain Shaun Pollock. Now, at the age of 33, following 11 years of being the captain, Smith has decided to step down from his position after captaining a record 109 tests, winning 53 of them. Smith has now signed a three year contract to play for English side Surrey alongside the also internationally retired Kevin Pietersen.
The South African captain Graeme Smith commented, “This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my life. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the support from my parents and brother, my wife and children, my friends, my sponsors, my fans and to Cricket South Africa. I have been fortunate to have had many highs, amongst them leading and being part of the best Test team in the world. I will cherish these memories for the rest of my life. I bid my career a fond yet sad farewell.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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