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Landmark moments in Graeme Smith’s career

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From being the youngest ever South African captain to leading them to the top of the ICC Test rankings, Graeme Smith has been an exceptional leader and an ambassador for the game of cricket. He took over the reins of South Africa’s Test captaincy from Shaun Pollock at just 22 years of age, when most players are looking to find their feet in international cricket © Getty Images

South African Graeme Smith, international cricket’s longest-serving captain, sprang a shock on Monday as he announced he would retire from all international cricket after the current third Test against Australia at Newlands. The 33-year-old — whose long-time team-mate Jacques Kallis retired from test cricket in December though he wants to remain part of the one day side — had said only on Friday that he still had things to achieve in international cricket. Here are some of the landmark moments of Smith’s career.

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West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Centurion

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014 (16:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

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Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 14, 2014  at Sharjah

Pakistan won by 147 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 13, 2014  at Pallekele

Sri Lanka won by 90 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 12, 2014  at Sharjah

New Zealand won by 4 wkts

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