South African players spoke to Cricket Australia (CA) after their skipper Graeme Smith announced his retirement from Test cricket after the home series against Australia.


JP Duminy said that the decision was a ‘tough’ one especially since Smith was the spearhead and heart-beat of the team since taking over as skipper from age 22 and he added that South Africa will find it difficult to adapt after Smith’s exit.


AB de Villiers said that he expected Smith to carry on at least for a year or two and said that what he had achieved for the South African side was fantastic.


De Villiers also cited that Smith may have announced his retirement more due to his personal than professional reasons.


De Villiers concluded by saying that Smith has achieved a lot both on and off the field and also mentioned his 277  against England at Edgbaston  in 2003as the best knock of the South African’s career.