South Africa were always in with a chance of success if Smith was at the crease. Ridiculous player.
A man who was so easily dislikable earning the respect of so many says a lot.
Just checked his stats, can't believe how many first class games (159) to tests (116) he's played. Some record surely? Great player though.
The Beast is vanquished.
"Your averages, captain, coaches and players can probably survive incompetence over a relatively short series, so if youíre going to be rubbish, make sure itís against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand or someone."
Was it injury? Or was it just a case of being mentally shot having led his nation for pretty much his whole career?
33 is such a young age to retire.
Gun player, in any case. I know it's more to do with the team performance, but scoring 27 centuries and none of them in a defeat is such a ridiculous statistic.
Would people classify him as an ATG?
On the spur of the moment, I'm tending towards yes.
Smith played 94% of his tests as captain. Must be a record?
RIP Philip Hughes - 1988-2014
Smith started captaining in his 8th Test as player IIRC. So he'd have the edge over Sammy by a single Test all the way until Sammy played his 117th Test.
Sammy needs 134 Tests in total, 96 more as captain to hit 94%. I'm not sure what you're doing there Joe
You mentioned that Sammy has captained 30/38 Tests. I assumed he played his first 8 Tests as non-captain and has a 30 Test run as captain currently.
All it takes is a simple Bing search to clear my doubts, but I cbf to do even that
Right, I thought you were adding to the whole %age discussion
Smith is no Lee Germon.
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