After hinting return to international cricket, Graeme Smith returns; not as a player though

Former South African captain Graeme Smith, who had sparked talks about his international comeback last month, has finally joined the South African team, albeit as an adviser. He has linked up with the team in the capacity of an adviser ahead of the second Test against England which undergoes on Saturday at Newlands. His appointment comes after team’s shock loss against England in the first Test immediately after the drubbing in India. Also read: Graeme Smith eyeing a South Africa comeback?

One of the best Protea captains, Smith was a terrific opener who gave countless great starts to his team. Now a cricket pundit, Smith was upset the way South African openers performed on the turning tracks in India during their disastrous Test series. So upset was Smith that he even hinted at returning to international cricket. His appointment as an adviser finally puts an end to the speculations.

South Africa’s Test captain Hashim Amla welcomed Smith’s appointment, saying he was not concerned that Smith, who captained the Proteas in 108 Test matches before retiring two years ago, had made some strong criticisms of team’s batting and selections in his capacity as a television commentator during the first Test. Smith is also scheduled to take part in the Masters Cricket League (MCL), where he will turn out for the Virgo Super Kings.