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    Well played, Smith! Have a happy retirement.

    Does he have the record of captaining in most tests?

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    The end of an era for SA. Smith has been around for a long time and has pulled the SA side together making them world beaters.

    Well done Smith and best of luck for the future

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monk View Post
    So Smith's actually Irish or something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    If benchmark made that call without seeing that instagram post, that irish citizenship or wherever else Smith hinted this was his last series then it's an undoubtably good call
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    Hope he plays for Ireland.

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    Genuinely one of my favorite players of the last few years. Didn't think much of him as a captain, especially tactically, but a very underrated batsman. Averaging nigh on 50 as an opener for SA is nothing to sniff at. End of an era for SA, honestly, with both kallis and Smith gone. The era of AB shall now commence
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    SA so badly needed an uncompromising, tough yet inspiration skipper after the Cronje debacle, and they could not have done any better than Graeme Smith. The guy epitomised everything about SA cricket and so often lead from the front. Achieved pretty much everything one could from the game except a world cup. I felt he was at his absolute best in that away series win in Aust around 2008.

    Massive blow to lose both he and Kallis in such a short space of time, but probably not a bad time to bow out given he has struggled with the bat of late.

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    Always been a fan.

    Nah, look, not always been on side with him and even his staunchest admirers wouldn't call him a stylist as a bat, but one has to respect him. Made some seriously hard runs at times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Always been a fan.

    Nah, look, not always been on side with him and even his staunchest admirers wouldn't call him a stylist as a bat, but one has to respect him. Made some seriously hard runs at times.
    Man, I thought Brumby saying the nickname "Fat Gray" in his first post in the retirement thread was a lock. Shocked it wasn't used.

    Brumby is it fair to say your dislike of Smith was from the England tour to SA in 2004, and you just didn't really change your opinion since?

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    It will be an eventful career when it ends. Only when you look back do you realise he's played for more than ten years. Not many have had a Test career that long. Captain, opener and one of the team's most prolific batsmen. Also unlucky to miss out on several all-time XIs.

    We'd like him to continue, but if he doesn't feel up to it, he's free to move on. South Africa have lost a lot of their best players in the last few years (Boucher, Kallis, Smith, to name a few), but it's up to the team management and cricket board officials to manage the change of guard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    Man, I thought Brumby saying the nickname "Fat Gray" in his first post in the retirement thread was a lock. Shocked it wasn't used.

    Brumby is it fair to say your dislike of Smith was from the England tour to SA in 2004, and you just didn't really change your opinion since?
    Think it was before that, tbh.

    Couple of times he gave evidence about fellow professionals to umpires and/or match referees. Was even nicknamed "The Witness" for a time. For an avowed sledger himself it struck me as slightly hypocritical.

    Never been a fan of telling tales out of school, me. Leave it on the pitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by salman85 View Post
    Also, massive respect to him for not dragging his career on only for statistical value.He could have easily fallen in that trap and wanted to reach 10,000 runs and then retire, but he didnt do that.Very commendable.
    Surprising from both him and Kallis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    Haha, it's even worse than that. It's like writing out a TAB ticket saying "Smith will retire', and then writing out a TAB ticket saying "Smith won't retire', and then lodging them both.
    lol. actually its like writing the 2 tab tickets, but not lodging either of them due to being a tightarse
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    Smith never seemed like one who cared for records. Winning his last 2 away series to Aus/Eng will be the highlights of his career.

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