Home > News >

Former England, West Indies players pay tributes to Graeme Smith

Graeme-Smith-of-South-Africa-speaks-to-media-at-a-post-match-conference-after-day-four-of-the-Second-Test-match-20
Graeme Smith has played a stellar role as South Africa captain over the years © Getty Images

London: Mar 5,2014

Former England and West Indies stars have paid their tributes to retiring South African Test captain Graeme Smith, who announced his desire to quit international cricket after the ”deciding” third Test against Australia.

Smith, who was appointed South Africa captain in 2003 after playing just eight Tests and has scored a total of 9,253 Test runs at an average of 48.70, signed a three-year deal to captain Surrey in 2012 and will now concentrate on playing for the English county.

According to the BBC, former England skipper Alec Stewart said that Smith, who has so far led his country to victory in 53 of his world record 109 games in charge of the Test side, will be remembered as one of cricket’s greatest captains as he is top class and a natural leader, leading from the front.

Meanwhile, sacked England batsman Kevin Pietersen, who is also contracted to Surrey next season, said that Smith is a legend given his contribution for South Africa, adding that Smith has enjoyed a magnificent career as both a captain and batsman and can retire knowing he achieved great things in his time.

Former West Indies bowling great Michael Holding also lauded Smith, saying that the captain reached the top through sheer hard work, and leadership qualities made him a great skipper.

Holding further said that he admires Smith for leaving on his own terms, adding that he is the best person to judge when to call time on his international cricket career.

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad

More

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test

Videos

Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Live Cricket Score Duleep Trophy Central Zone vs South Zone, final at Delhi Day 3: Central Zone lead by 111 runs at the end of Day 3

Pakistan vs Australia Live Cricket Score, 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi Day 2

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

Younis Khan’s ban: why the ICC is justified

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Zone South Zone vs Central Zone Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

Younis Khan completes 5th Test double century; Pakistan continue to dominate Australia in 2nd Test

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: Central Zone 214/4 at stumps; lead by 111 runs

Younis Khan completes 8,000 runs in Test cricket

Misbah ul-Haq gets most runs by a Pakistani captain in Tests

Younis Khan equals Javed Miandad’s record of most 150+ scores by Pakistan batsman

Younis Khan equals Javed Miandad’s record of most 150+ scores by Pakistan batsman

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Manish Pandey showing signs of fulfilling potential

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

Mythbusting — the claim that playing for a weaker batting side handicaps a batsman has no basis

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

Misbah ul-Haq gets most runs by a Pakistani captain in Tests

NGOs pursue education for all

Vishal’s anti piracy campaign busts pirated DVD vendor – Watch video!

Apple’s iPad rules global tablet shipments, but is losing market share: IDC

मॉडल लिसा हेडन डेंगू की चपेट में

Bigg Boss 8: Karishma Tanna wants Sonali Raut to date Upen Patel!

CPI-M : Austerity measures will have bearing on subsidies

Sony reveals nearly $1 billion net loss in Q3, will replace smartphone operations head and cut 1000 jobs

Run for Unity — an initiative by Narendra Modi for a fitter and united India

Younis Khan completes 8000 runs in Test cricket

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here