GRAEME SMITH

  • World Cup: Australia and NZ have been the stand out performers 3 days ago

    After just short of six weeks of competition, it all comes down to Sunday's battle between the two host nations. I can't believe anyone can have too many complaints about the make-up of the game, as both Australia and New Zealand have been the stand out performers throughout this World...
  • World Cup final - what the experts think 3 days ago

    Melbourne: How the pundits see Sunday's World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand: "They are both very good teams, but if you just saw them on paper and if you try and see weaknesses in the Australian team, I am not sure where you find one. Their top-order batting is...
  • World Cup 2015: South Africa will have to wait for four more years 6 days ago

    When it was clear that Australia were about to defeat New Zealand in the 2003 rugby union World Cup semi-final, then Australian scrum-half, George Gregan, was caught on camera mouthing the words "four more years" to his All Black counterpart, Byron Kelleher. That semi-final defeat would condemn New Zealand to...
  • World Cup 2015: Semi-final clash will be South Africa's greatest challenge March 23, 2015

    When one mentions the countries, South Africa and New Zealand, in the same sentence one automatically thinks of the great rugby union rivalry between the two nations that has been ongoing since 1921. Legendary South African rugby player, Boy Louw, possibly said it best: "When South Africa plays New Zealand, consider...
  • World Cup: South Africa delivered their most convincing performance March 19, 2015

    AB de Villiers came out in the pre-match press conference and assured South Africa that the Proteas would be up for the game and they were determined to win it - he was right. Not only did they managed the victory, but they ran out and delivered their most convincing...
  • ICC World Cup: South Africa taken aback by aggressive Pakistan March 8, 2015

    At the ICC Cricket World Cup 1992, Imran Khan stood at the pitch of the WACA at the toss of a must-win fixture against Australia. The Pakistan team record at that point in the tournament read as follows: Won: 1. Lost: 3. No Result: 1. Imran arrived at the...
  • World Cup: Graeme Smith fears South Africa will be trapped in chase March 8, 2015

    Sydney: Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith fears the Proteas' hopes of a maiden World Cup title could be thwarted by the team's inability to chase down targets. Their latest flop batting second came at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday when they lost by 29 runs to Pakistan in pursuit...
  • World Cup: A contrasting week for South Africa and the Pakistan threat March 3, 2015

    It has been a week of contrasting emotions for the Proteas as they mixed despair with brilliance. The lows of the MCG were offset by the highs of the SCG in two games of stark contrast. The loss to India has been unpacked time and time again the...
  • World Cup 2015: It will be India's batting vs South Africa's bowling February 20, 2015

    I will start this column by stating the facts: South Africa has never lost to India in an ICC Cricket World Cup fixture. I will also qualify that statement by adding these two teams have only played each other three times in ICC's pinnacle tournament and all three games have...
  • Proteas are not 'chokers' anymore, says Graeme Smith January 26, 2015

    The word 'choke' is a term that has various connotations and also found significance within the sporting world. The history of professional sport is littered with teams and individuals that have failed to win a specific match or tournament in which they were heavily favoured, or thrown away a considerable...
  • From Cinema to Cricket World Cup January 13, 2015

    The 2002/2003 season was my first full season of playing for South Africa. I was 21-year-old and living my dream. I was travelling around the country and to parts of the globe I had never previously seen or experienced. My whole world had just opened up and there was so...
  • World Cup 2015: The challenge of selecting one squad for two different conditions January 9, 2015

    For some, the announcement of the ICC Cricket World Cup squads rivals the actual tournament in terms sheer excitement and the wait for the unknown. The months leading up to the tournament sees members of the public and media making educated guesses as to what they believe the make-up of...
  • Steven Smith can replicate the success of Graeme Smith: Kallis December 17, 2014

    South African great Jacques Kallis believes that Australian Test captain Steven Smith can achieve success despite his young age and replicate the example set by former Proteas skipper Graeme Smith. "I can only speak from an outsider's point of view that Steve looks like a guy who is well respected," Kallis...
  • Kevin Pietersen on South Africa radar for domestic T20 August 22, 2014

    London: Discarded England batsman Kevin Pietersen is being targeted by South Africa to raise the profile of their domestic Twenty20 competition, Ram Slam Challenge, this winter. Former South African captain Graeme Smith, who is the tournament director of the Ram Slam Challenge, is trying to rope in Pietersen for one of...
  • Graeme Smith named director of South African T20 tournament August 12, 2014

    Harare: Former Proteas captain Graeme Smith has been appointed tournament director for the country's domestic Twenty20 competition, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said on Tuesday. The 33yearold Smith retired from international cricket in March and also prematurely ended a threeyear stint with English county Surrey due to a knee injury that required...
  • Graeme Smith calls time on Surrey stint July 21, 2014

    London: South Africa great Graeme Smith will not be returning to Surrey next season, the English county announced on Sunday. The former Proteas captain, who was the London club's skipper, played just three matches for Surrey last season because of an ankle injury and was ruled out for the rest of...
  • AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla vie for South Africa Test captaincy June 2, 2014

    Star batsmen AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla are the leading candidates to succeed Graeme Smith as South Africa's Test captain. Cricket South Africa's board meets in Johannesburg on Tuesday to make what is seen as a crucial decision after a decade of Smith at the helm. Smith captained South Africa in...
  • Graeme Smith has no plans to retire from cricket May 31, 2014

    Cape Town: Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith has no immediate plans to retire despite suffering another serious injury and sending what seemed a farewell message earlier this week. Smith, who is set for surgery in Cape Town after fracturing his knee playing for English county side Surrey, told South Africa's...
  • Hashim Amla to replace injured Graeme Smith at Surrey May 22, 2014

    London: South Africa batsman Hashim Amla is to replace Graeme Smith at Surrey after the former Proteas captain was ruled out for the rest of the English season with a fractured right knee. Smith is now set to return to his native South Africa, with Gary Wilson taking over the...
  • South Africa are in safe hands, says former captain Graeme Smith April 4, 2014

    Graeme Smith believes South Africa are in safe hands, despite his retirement as captain and the recent departures of coach Gary Kirsten and allrounder Jacques Kallis, because the squad are still brimming with experience. Smith announced his retirement in March after 12 years, more than 9,000 test runs and 27 centuries...
  • Graeme Smith baffled by Pietersen's England axing April 3, 2014

    London: Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith on Thursday expressed his surprise at England's decision to end the international career of his Surrey team-mate Kevin Pietersen. Pietersen, 33, was sensationally axed by England in the aftermath of their 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia, despite the South Africa-born batsman being his...
  • Graeme Smith quit to spend time with family March 9, 2014

    Johannesburg: South Africa captain Graeme Smith, who last week announced his retirement from international cricket, was influenced by his family in taking the decision, media reported on Sunday. Smith, 33, told the Sunday Times newspaper that he knew he had made the right decision while at the hospital bedside of his...
  • Graeme Smith the greatest Test captain ever, says Gary Kirsten March 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Graeme Smith has received an enormous compliment from former India coach Gary Kirsten, who called the just-retired South African legend the "best captain that has ever lived" in Test cricket. The South African called time on his international cricket career after a successful run that saw him being handed...
  • Elgar replaces Smith in list of contracted players March 7, 2014

    Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa (CSA) has named Dean Elgar in the list of its contracted players, in place of the retired Test captain Graeme Smith. Smith, who was on the list of contracted players for 2014-15 season, retired from all forms of cricket after the third and final Test against Australia...
  • Warner jumps to fifth in ICC rankings after heroics against SA March 6, 2014

    Dubai: Australian David Warner jumped to a career-best fifth spot after his batting exploits in his side's Test series victory against South Africa while India's Virat Kohli slipped two places to 10th in the latest Reliance ICC Rankings released on Thursday. Warner, who slammed hundreds (135 and 145) in both innings...
  • Smith signs off in 16th position in ICC Test Rankings March 6, 2014

    Dubai: South African captain Graeme Smith signed off on his impressive cricket Test career in 16th place in the ICC Rankings for batsmen announced on Thursday. Smith reached a career high of second position after his match-winning century against England in Johannesburg in January 2010. That was also when he achieved...
  • Former skippers and players heap praise on Graeme Smith March 6, 2014

    Johannesburg: Former captains and fellow players were unanimous in their accolades for international cricket's longest-serving skipper, Graeme Smith who announced his retirement earlier this week. Shaun Pollock, who preceded Smith, lauded the 33-year-old for his tenacity in captaining South Africa for over a decade. Smith took over the reins aged just 22...
  • Retiring Graeme Smith wants role in South Africa future March 6, 2014

    Cape Town: Graeme Smith said on Wednesday he was keen to continue to play a role in South African cricket following his retirement from the international game as a player. "I'd love to play a role with Cricket South Africa and who knows where that's going to be," he said in...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test March 5, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 4 roundup: Graeme Smith's international cricket career came to an abrupt end on Tuesday when South Africa's captain was dismissed for 3 as Australia moved to within six wickets of victory on day four of the third and decisive...
  • 3rd Test: Graeme Smith fails as South Africa battle to avoid defeat March 4, 2014

    Cape Town: Graeme Smith's international cricket career came to an abrupt end on Tuesday when South Africa's captain was dismissed for 3 as Australia moved to within six wickets of victory on day four of the third and decisive Test. South Africa, set 511 to win, were 71 for 4 at...