Graeme Smith set to break Allan Border's captaincy record in Test cricket

Graeme Smith has led South Africa in 93 Test matches Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 15, 2012

South Africa captain Graeme Smith is set to break former Australian skipper Allan Border s record of captaining a side in most number Test matches.

Smith, who has captained South Africa in 93 matches so far, will break Border s record set in 1994 when South Africa takes on England in the third Test at Lord s.

Veteran South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis believes that Smith did a commendable job in handling the pressure of captaincy over the years.

“His birth into the captaincy role was a difficult one,” Kallis commented.

“I think the way that he handled the pressure, both from the public and media, is a true reflection of his character. He is someone who never backs down when he sets his sights on a goal,” Jacques Kallis was quoted as saying by cricket.co.za

South Africa coach Gary Kirsten says that Smith commands a lot of respect from his teammates.

“I have been impressed with his out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to his captaincy. He commands a lot of respect and admiration from everyone that enters the team environment and that says a lot about the individual,” Kirsten said.

“He has been humble about his achievements and personally I feel he has been one of the most significant and often under-rated players of South African cricket. The sacrifices he has made and the hard work he has put in during his career makes him one of a kind,” Kirsten added.

The third Test between England and South Africa begins on Thursday, August 16 at Lord s.