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Graeme Smith says family life influenced decision to retire

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Graeme Smith’s 18 month-old daughter suffered hot burns in a freak accident before the start of his final series © Getty Images

Johannesburg: Mar 9, 2014:

South Africa captain Graeme Smith, who last week announced his retirement from international cricket, was influenced by his family in taking the decision.

Smith, 33, told the Sunday Times newspaper that he knew he had made the right decision while at the hospital bedside of his 18-month-old daughter, who had suffered burns from hot water.

He says the toddler reached out to him and touched his Proteas badge.

“That’s all she’s known of me really.”

“She sees me on the TV and that was a moment where I realised I’m pretty happy with the decision I’ve made,” he said.

The Proteas captian stunned the cricketing world when he announced he would quit international cricket at the end of the Test series against Australia.

“I’ll have more time to see my children grow and I’ll be mentally more there.”

Smith is the most capped Test captain in the history of the game with 9,262 Test runs at an average of 48.49 with 27 hundreds and 38 half-centuries.

He has captained the Proteas for 12 years since the age of 22.

“As a captain, even when you are at home your brain is still elsewhere a lot of the time,” he said.

The batsman, who married Irish pop singer Morgan Deane in 2011 also has an Irish citizenship, but says he has no plans of playing for his second country.

“I won’t be picking up a bat for that country. I won’t be playing for Ireland.”

“If am going to play for anyone, it would be the Proteas,” he said.

He said breaking the news of his decision to his team was difficult, and he struggled to get his words out.”After I’d said my piece, I had to get out and get some fresh air because I was a bit of a wreck.”

The skipper said his wife has carrying the load of raising their two young children while he played cricket.

“I think of her with the two kids travelling to wherever I am in the world, and making it work. She is a strong woman.”

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