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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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