South Africa’s present captain, one of the legendary batsmen and captains the country has ever had, Graeme Smith, 33 has announced his retirement from international cricket yesterday. The announcement comes at a time when SA has been facing a tough visit from Australia.
Recent retirement by Jacques Kallis, another anchor to SA cricket, will now put SA contemplating its future and leadership. The present test number one team, SA depended on the batting prowess and leadership of Smith for many years. Having crowned the captain at a young age of 22, Smith held to his role for more than a decade with an impressive performance as a batsman and leader too.
South Africa is facing an imminent loss in the ongoing test and the series to Australia. Smith is playing hi 117th Test match, 109 of which as a captain in a world record, with 9257 runs containing 27 hundreds. He has played 197 One Day matches with 6989 runs in which there were ten centuries.