Graeme Smith

Full name Graeme Smith

Born February 1, 1981, Johannesburg, Transvaal

Current age 29 years 353 days

Playing role Opening batsman

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Graeme Smith Picture

Major teams South Africa, Africa XI, Cape Cobras, Gauteng, Hampshire Cricket Board, ICC World XI, Rajasthan Royals, Somerset, Western Province

Graeme Smith Profile

Meaty, muscular and mighty, that’s Graeme Smith, who looms even larger than all that as South Africa’s colossus of a captain. His achievements as a batsman are significant, but the most important monument to his career is the fact that under Smith, the confidence of South Africans, both within and outside of the national team and its structures, has been rebuilt.

Smith’s leadership and his batting are all about being direct and upfront. The subtleties of captaincy have grown into his game, but he is still at his most comfortable surging once more unto the breach himself with a cursory backward glance to see if his men are following.

His batting is similarly forthright: anything bowled near his pads will be sent screaming through midwicket. Anything drivable on the off-side will be driven, brutally, often inelegantly, but always effectively. Square of jaw and shoulder, they don’t call him “Biff” for nothing. With Smith, what you see really is what you get.

Smith can hardly be blamed for doing things his own way. He was, after all, handed the reins at 22 – which made him his country’s youngest captain – and tasked with rebuilding South Africans’ faith in the integrity of game itself. That precious jewel had been shattered by Hansie Cronje’s immoral greed and it was not restored completely under Shaun Pollock’s sincere but undemonstrative leadership.

If Pollock was too maturely minded a captain for South African sensibilities, Smith was spot on: an overgrown schoolyard bully of the nicest possible type who would just as soon take a (verbal) swing at an opponent as buy him a beer. After the game, of course.

The double centuries Smith scored in his 11th and 12th Tests, and just his third and fourth as captain, in England in 2003 made for an ironclad argument to retain his overtly direct approach to getting the job done. Those were his early days in charge, but arguably his greatest triumph came much later, when he led South Africa to their first Test series victory in Australia, in 2008-09. All that remains now is to get his hands on a chunk of ICC silverware, a prize that has eluded South Africa since 1998.

Graeme Smith Batting, Fielding and Bowling
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Graeme Smith Career





Graeme Smith Test Matches

South Africa Vs Australia at Newlands, Cape Town – Mar 08, 2002
Last played:
South Africa Vs India at Newlands, Cape Town – Jan 02, 2011

Graeme Smith ODI Matches

South Africa Vs Australia at Goodyear Park (Springbok), Bloemfontein – Mar 30, 2002
Last played:
South Africa Vs India at Newlands, Cape Town – Jan 18, 2011

Graeme Smith T20 Matches

South Africa Vs New Zealand at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg – Oct 21, 2005
Last played:
South Africa Vs Pakistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi – Oct 27, 2010

Graeme Smith IPL Matches

Rajasthan Royals Vs Deccan Chargers at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad – Apr 24, 2008
Last played:
Rajasthan Royals Vs Delhi Daredevils at Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera – Mar 15, 2010

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