Graeme Smith

Smith announced as SA Cricketer of the Year

Smith announced as SA Cricketer of the YearSouth African captain Graeme Smith has won the award of SA Cricketer of the Year and Test Cricketer of the Year at the 2009 SA Cricket Awards on Tuesday, for his brilliant performance as a captain and batsman in the recent times.

While AB de Villiers has been named as the One-Day International Cricketer of the Year, and JP Duminy has won the award of the Pro20 Cricketer of the Year award.

Proteas problems with KP, a thing of the past, says Smith

Smith Expected To Return To ODI Squad Against AustraliaLondon, June 11 : South African cricket captain Graeme Smith has said that his team''s problems with England star Kevin Pietersen are a thing of the past, and there isn’t any animosity anymore.

The Proteas ace has publicly slated KP in the past and the South African-born ace called Smith an "absolute muppet" in his autobiography.

Smith Expected To Return To ODI Squad Against Australia

Smith Expected To Return To ODI Squad Against AustraliaHere’s a big moral booster for the South African cricket team. According to some media reports team skipper Graeme Smith has recovered from an injury and is expected to come back for the one-day series against Australia.

The five match ODI series between the two teams is all set to begin in Durban on Friday with a bang.

It can be recalled that Smith injured his little finger of the right hand when he was struck by a delivery from Aussie fast bowler Mitchell Johnson during the second Test in Durban.

Smith hints at split between Proteas management, players

Smith hints at split between Proteas management, playersCape Town, Mar. 17: South Africa captain Graeme Smith has hinted that there is a split between the management and players in the wake of a fiasco that resulted in the side having four captains during the current series against the Australians.

The team, which is 2-0 down in the three-match series, has refused to comment on Mark Boucher replacing Smith on the field and then Ashwell Prince, who has been out of the side for five Tests, being appointed opener and captain for the third Test.

Smith returns to domestic cricket ahead of match up against Aussies

Johannesburg, Feb. 12: South African cricket captain Graeme Smith is fit and has announced that he will lead the side against the Australians after playing a couple of matches on the domestic circuit.

Smith returned to the practice nets this week for the first time since the famous Sydney Test last month where he bravely batted with a broken hand and busted elbow.

According to Fox Sports, he Smith will turn out for his domestic side the Cape Cobras as he ramps up his preparation for the first Test against Australia at Johannesburg starting on February 26.

The man who led South Africa to a historic Test series win in Australia - and belted 326 runs at 65.20 in three Tests - insisted his fractured hand has totally healed.

Smith fears ‘hurting Aussies will hit back hard’

Melbourne, Jan 10 : Proteas skipper Graeme Smith has said that Ricky Ponting's side is eager for revenge in next month's Test series in South Africa, because defeat is hurting the Australian side and they are going to come back hard.

Smith wants to delay surgery on his troublesome right elbow and repel an Australian side eager for revenge in next month's Test series in South Africa.

"Australia is hurting and they are going to come back hard at us. We know with Australia you have to earn every inch and I think they have a lot of respect for us now," he said.

"We are going to need our guys to be fresh and so we are going to have to manage our bowlers during the one-day series in Australia. They know we never went away, and we pushed them all the way," Smith added.

Ponting says Smith’s grit in SCG Test, the bravest thing he has ever seen

Ponting says Smith’s grit in SCG Test, the bravest thing he has ever seenSydney, Jan. 8 : Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has said that Graeme Smith's decision to come out to bat on the last day of the SCG Test with a broken finger, is the bravest thing he has ever seen.

Smith had to be dressed by teammates before batting in extreme pain with a broken left hand and a busted right elbow to try to salvage a draw in an amazing climax to the SCG Test.

Proteas inject urgency into Smith cure

Sydney, Jan. 6 : South Africa have wasted little time in attending to injured captain Graeme Smith.

Smith has flown to Melbourne to receive treatment on his broken left hand and undergo an autologous blood injection on his right elbow.

The Proteas are desperate for Smith to regain full fitness in time for Australia''s forthcoming Test tour and have attempted to expedite the healing process by having him treated immediately.

Barely 18 hours after Mitchell Johnson struck him a series-ending blow to the hand, Smith was on a plane to Melbourne for an appointment with local surgeon Greg Hoy to have the fracture attended to.

Smith takes a dig at chaos-hit and confused Oz selectors

Smith takes a dig at chaos-hit and confused Oz selectorsMelbourne, Jan 3: South African skipper Graeme Smith has said that Australian selectors are in chaos and confused and the squad picked for the Sydney Test confirms it.

After Ben Hilfenhaus was chosen to carry the drinks for today's SCG Test, Smith said the Aussie selection panel again had got it wrong by naming left-arm quick Doug Bollinger for his debut.

Smith on painkillers to inflict clean sweep

Smith on painkillers to inflict clean sweepSydney, Jan. 2 : South African cricket captain Graeme Smith has taken painkillers in an attempt to make the team for the third and final Test against Australia, which is being played at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

According to team coach Mickey Arthur, Smith is keen to ensure a clean sweep of the series.

Arthur said that he will be risking Smith, who requires revolutionary blood injections to treat a painful elbow injury, in a ruthless bid to record a clean sweep on Australian soil.

Elbow injury forces Smith to miss ODIs

Smith gives Ponting crash course on etiquette of body languageSydney, Jan. 1 : South African captain Graeme Smith will miss this month''s one-day series against Australia because of an ongoing elbow injury, coach Mickey Arthur has said.

The Courier Mail quoted Arthur as saying that Smith had batted in enormous pain in the first two Tests of the three-match series against Australia, getting through on cortisone injections and scoring 48, 108, 62 and 75 to lead his side to an unbeatable 2-0 series lead.

S.African pair Smith and Steyn top batting and bowling charts

South African stars Graeme SmithSydney, Dec. 31: South African stars Graeme Smith and Dale Steyn may be focussing on overtaking Australia as the world''s No. 1 Test cricket side, but they can also reflect on 2008 as a stand-out year individually.

The Proteas can attribute much of their success this year - 11 wins, two draws and two losses from 15 Tests, and series wins in England and Australia - to Smith''s magnificent batting and Steyn''s brilliant fast bowling.

Smith gives Ponting crash course on etiquette of body language

Smith gives Ponting crash course on etiquette of body languageMelbourne, Dec 26 : Poking fun at Australian skipper Ricky Ponting, his South African counterpart Graeme Smith has given him a crash course on the etiquette of body language.

In a week during which Ponting has faced strong criticism on several fronts, Smith strapped on the Boxing Day gloves by claiming his opposite number had been a captain under pressure for some time, the Daily Telegraph reported.

South Africa better placed than Aussies for Boxing Day Test: Smith

South Africa better placed than Aussies for Boxing Day Test: SmithDec 24: South Africa captain Graeme Smith has said that his team is better placed against Australia ahead of the second Test at the MCG, starting on the Boxing Day.

Smith said while the Proteas' history-making victory in Perth had given his side extra self-belief, it was also handy having the first match completed after a long build-up to the series.

Smith cleared to play Boxing Day Test

Melbourne, Dec 23 : South Africa captain Graeme Smith has been cleared to play against Australia in the second Test at the MCG from December 26.

Smith, one of the stars of the Proteas' six-wicket win in Perth, has battled pain in his right elbow for some time and regularly undergoes painkilling injections, The Age reported.

But coach Mickey Arthur said on Tuesday that the left-handed opener would definitely play on Boxing Day, although the Proteas had to determine whether Smith needed to undergo corrective surgery in the future.

Warne has provided inside knowledge on the Aussies: Smith

Warne has provided inside knowledge on the Aussies: SmithPerth, Dec. 17 : In an explosive claim leading into the first South Africa-Australia Test at the WACA Ground in Perth, South African captain Graeme Smith says Warne has told him how he should go about bringing down Australia''s batting champions Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden.

Writing an exclusive column in The Daily Telegraph, Smith reveals he used his stint at the Rajasthan Royals under Warne''s captaincy to gain inside information on Australia''s batsmen.

I am a better leader now, says Smith

I am a better leader now, says SmithMelbourne, Dec 13: Graeme Smith, who became South Africa’s youngest captain in 2003, has said that he is still trying to prove himself and is a better leader now.

“I think the best way to explain it is, when I took over the captaincy at 22 in 2003 there were so many doomsayers saying it was the wrong decision – He’s still trying to prove himself in the world of cricket, he’s just 22, how can he be captain?’” Smith (27) said.

Injury to Smith, Steyn and Harris increases Proteas’ worries

Melbourne, Dec 10: South African captain Graeme Smith has joined strike bowler Dale Steyn and frontline spinner Paul Harris on the sidelines for the tourists' opening match against Western Australia on Thursday.

Smith will miss the one-dayer at the WACA with an elbow injury, coach Mickey Arthur told reporters on Wednesday.

Steyn, who is nursing a minor hamstring strain, and left-arm spinner Harris, who has had a cast removed from his injured left thumb, will also miss the game, the Daily Telegraph reported.

However, all three are expected to play in the two-day match against a WA XI starting on Friday.

Arthur said the injury to Steyn, the leading bowler in Test cricket in 2008 with 60 wickets, was not serious.




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