Graeme Smith

De Villiers, Amla vie for Test captaincy

AB-de-Villiers-Hashim-AmlaJohannesburg: Star batsmen AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla are the leading candidates to succeed Graeme Smith as South Africa`s Test captain. Cricket South Africa`s board meets in Johannesburg Tuesday to make what is seen as a crucial decision after a decade of Smith at the helm.

Smith captained South Africa in a world-record 109 Tests before announcing his retirement during the third and final Test against Australia last March. The national selectors will table their recommendation for the captaincy, but the final decision will be made by the board.

Smith has no immediate retirement plans despite suffering another serious injury

Graeme SmithJohannesburg, June 01 - Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith, who seemingly sent a farewell message earlier this week, has reportedly revealed that he has no immediate plans to retire despite suffering another serious injury.

Smith, who is set for surgery in Cape Town after fracturing his knee playing for English county cricket side Surrey, said that he hopes to continue his career.

According to Sport24, Smith said that he has unfortunately gone to play for county cricket two years in a row and picked up two pretty serious injuries, which shortened his time at the club.

Smith signs off in 16th position in ICC Test Rankings

Graeme-SmithDubai, March 6 : South African captain Graeme Smith signed off on his impressive cricket Test career in 16th place in the ICC Rankings for batsmen announced Thursday.

Smith reached a career high of second position after his match-winning century against England in Johannesburg in January 2010. That was also when he achieved a best-ever 843 ratings points.

He ends his ODI career in 42nd position on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen. Smith spent 57 matches and 160 days as the top-ranked batsman in ODI cricket between March and August 2008. He achieved a best-ever ratings points of 784 in November 2005.

Proteas legends hail 'unrivalled' Test captain Smith following retirement announcement

Graeme SmithJohannesburg, Mar 5  : Former South African stars have reportedly hailed current Test captain Graeme Smith, who recently announced his intention to retire from international cricket after the Newlands Test against Australia.

Smith's late Monday announcement caught South African cricket off guard after saying only three days before that he still had international cricket goals to achieve.

According to Sport24, former captains Kepler Wessels and Shaun Pollock have hailed Smith, saying that even though the captain is not the most technically gifted batsman, his leadership and fighting qualities were unrivalled.

Smith hopeful of sporting wicket in deciding Newlands Test

Graeme SmithJohannesburg, Mar 01 : South Africa captain Graeme Smith expects a different type of wicket at the third Test against Australia at Newlands and hopeful that it would have something for both 'bat' and 'ball'.

The wicket has reportedly been a key factor in the first two Tests, with the first Test seeing a lively pitch in Pretoria and a slower and more abrasive surface in the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

Inspired South Africa upbeat after demolition of Aussies in Port Elizabeth Test: Smith

SmithPort Elizabeth (South Africa), Feb 24 : Inspired by his side's second Test win over Australia, South Africa captain Graeme Smith has hailed the squad's last session demolition of the Australians, describing it as a great advertisement for Test cricket, proof of his team's mettle and a fantastic fillip for Saturday's series-deciding match in Cape Town.

Smith said that he has been privileged to see the Proteas churning out some terrific wins over the past eight years, and the Port Elizabeth Test 231-run win against the Australians ranks up their with the best, and has left the squad upbeat and inspired to deliver again at Cape Town.

Smith says team Proteas hoping for `good Test wicket` in `friendly` Port Elizabeth

Graeme SmithJohannesburg, Feb 20 : South African captain Graeme Smith has said his team is hoping for conditions at Port Elizabeth that will provide them 'good cricket' in the second Test against Australia, starting on Thursday.

Port Elizabeth is also known as the 'Friendly City' and Smith is also looking forward to the usual jovial support from the fans.

Smith urges fans to come to cricket grounds to support Proteas

Graeme-SmithCape Town, Jan 29 : South Africa's skipper Graeme Smith has urged fans to come to cricket grounds to support the Proteas during Australia 's upcoming tour, starting February 12.

Smith took to Twitter to convey his message to Proteas fans: "I understand people back at work/school but really hope people turn out in droves and put their weight behind SA cricket next month!"

The poor crowd attendance at both the Wanderers and Kingsmead for the two-Test India series late last year was an embarrassment for South African cricket, Sport24 reports.

Graeme Smith backs Proteas to be 'better prepared' for upcoming series against Oz

Graeme SmithJohannesburg, Jan 9  : South African Test captain Graeme Smith has said that they would not enter the upcoming series against Australia 'undercooked' and will be better prepared than their last two series.

South Africa started slowly in their last two series, losing the first Test against Pakistan in the UAE and it was only a remarkable fourth-innings fightback that saved the first Test against India at the Wanderers.

Smith sent back home to focus on Test

Graeme-SmithJohannesburg, Dec 7 : Young opening batsman Quinton de Kock's fine form with the bat prompted the South African selectors to ask regular opener Graeme Smith to return to Cape Town and focus on the two-match Test series against India.

The former skipper missed Thursday's ODI here at the Wanderers against India due to his grandmother's death. But his absence was not felt as De Kock struck a fine 135 in South Africa's massive 141-run win in the first ODI.

Smith lauds ‘special summer’ for Proteas after whitewash of Pakistan

Smith lauds ‘special summer’ for Proteas after whitewash of Pakistan Johannesburg, Feb 25 : South African Graeme Smith has termed his team's successful Test wins in New Zealand, England, Australia and Pakistan as a `special summer' after they beat Pakistan by an innings and 18 runs on the third day of the third and final Test at Centurion.

Smith says Kiwis must block criticism to focus on making comeback in Test series

Smith says Kiwis must block criticism to focus on making comeback in Test series Sydney, Jan 11: South Africa captain Graeme Smith believes New Zealand's chances of making a strong comeback in the remaining matches of their ongoing Test series depends on them completely ignoring the criticism from back home.

Approaching his 10th anniversary of being appointed Proteas Test captain and with a sense of fulfilment at seeing them develop into the world''s top-ranked team, Smith has faced his own challenges in his long leadership career, News. com. au reports.

S.Africa looks to strengthen number one Test ranking in 2013

south-africa-cricket.jDubai, Dec 31 : South Africa will begin the New Year by aiming to strengthen its number one status on the Reliance ICC Test Championship Table, when it plays a two-match series against New Zealand from 2 January at Cape Town.

South Africa currently leads the Reliance ICC Test Championship Table with 123 ratings points and have a five point lead over second-placed England. Graeme Smith's side retained the Reliance ICC Test Championship Mace in December 2012 after it defeated Australia 1-0.

Smith out of action from IPL

Graeme-SmithIf losing the match with Delhi Daredevils wasn't enough, Graeme Smith, the opener for Rajasthan Royals injury has rubbed salt on the wounds of champions of the first season.

Smith injured his finger as he caught Sehwag at 75 off 34 balls ending his slaughter on the field. Though, Delhi won the match by 6 wickets but the injury of Smith coupled with the absence of Shane Watson (busy with the Tests in New Zealand till the end of the match) and Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (banned from this season's IPL) are causing problems for Rajastahan in the third season of this much-hyped cricket format.

England one-day team a formidable force: Graeme Smith

England one-day team a formidable force: Graeme SmithLondon, Nov 27 : South Africa captain Graeme Smith has described England’s one-day team as a “formidable force”.

England have won the last six ODIs between the two countries and another victory today would ensure they are in an unbeatable position in a series reduced to four matches after the Wanderers wash-out.

Smith said the toss was not as much of a factor any more with less grass left on the pitch, but you can bet your bottom rand whoever wins the toss will bat first this afternoon.

Smith surprised over Strauss not being part in England Twenty20 squad

Smith surprised over Strauss not being part in England Twenty20 squadJohannesburg, Nov 13 : South African skipper Graeme Smith has said that he is amazed by England''s Test and 50-over captain Andrew Strauss not being part of the national Twenty20 squad.

Strauss has opted out of T20 cricket to ensure that he remains fresh for the other formats. England will be reluctant to pick him for the opening international against South Africa on Friday.

‘We are leaving nothing to chance’

Graeme SmithIt’s never easy to step into your captain’s shoes when you are originally left out of the 15-man squad, and then drafted in suddenly to lead the side. Andrew Puttick, who has been appointed captain of the Cape Cobras squad for the Champions League Twenty20 after an injured Graeme Smith pulled out, knows it’s not going to be a cakewalk. HT caught up with the left-handed opener on the eve of the opening match. Excerpts:

Are you feeling the pressure of captaincy given that you were drafted in at the last moment?

Smith ruled out of Champions League Twenty20

Graeme SmithIn a major move, South African skipper Graeme Smith has decided to withdraw his name for the upcoming Champions League Twenty20.

Smith, who plays for the Nashua Cape Cobras, is currently struggling with a leg injury.

Confirming the development, Dr Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa team manager, said: "After much discussion and deliberation, the Proteas' management together with the medical committee of Cricket South Africa headed by Dr Shuaib Manjra have made a decision to withdraw Graeme from the upcoming Champions League in India."

Smith says there is nothing wrong in Flintoff’s decision

Smith takes a dig at chaos-hit and confused Oz selectorsLondon, Sep 20 : South African skipper Graeme Smith has defended Andrew Flintoff decision to become a freelancer, and said like all professional sportsmen he wants to earn the best money he can.

The decision of Flintoff to not sign a new contract with the ECB has sparked a massive club vs country clash of interests across in every major cricketing nation.

“I don’t think you can blame Fred for the decision he’s made,” says Smith.

Cricket’s new top dogs, the Proteas promise to look after No.1

Cricket’s new top dogs, the Proteas promise to look after No.1Johannesburg, Aug. 26 : South African skipper Graeme Smith has vowed to hold on to the number one Test ranking for ''''as long as possible''''.

The Proteas are the game''s new top dogs while Sri Lanka and India have also leapt above Australia in the rankings, leading players to reconcile with themselves what the fans already know; that decades of dominance are over and they no longer qualify as the world''s best following a third series defeat from their past five.

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