Graeme Smith, who announced that he would retire from all formats of international cricket after third Test against Australia, had to meet fire-with-fire in his debut Test against the same team. The Australian team led by veteran campaigners like Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne gave him a tough time by sledging him. Smith took up the gauntlet of facing up to veteran bowlers. He flopped in the first innings, but made 68 in the second innings.

 

Smith did criticise the way Australians incessantly sledged him, but the champion batsman took that in his stride and went onto become one of South Africa’s true greats in the annals of their history.

 

A video of his debut Test against Australia.