Smith calls time on record Test career

March 04, 2014
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South Africa's long-serving captain Graeme Smith has announced his retirement from international cricket, leaving him free to feature for Surrey this summer.

The 33-year-old left-hand opening batsman will quit the international arena at the end of the ongoing third Test against Australia, having led the Proteas in a world record 109 Test matches.

Smith, who has made more than 9,000 Test runs during his illustrious career, has guided South Africa to the top of the world Test rankings and is proud of his efforts as leader over more than a decade.

"I'm extremely honoured and proud to have had the privilege to lead so many wonderful players," Smith said after announcing his decision to retire.

"I have been fortunate to have had many highs, amongst them leading and being part of the best Test team in the world."

Meanwhile, Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat has also paid tribute to Smith and his longevity at the top of the game.

He added: "He has captained the Proteas for more than a decade and he will draw a lot more satisfaction from the fact that he leaves our Test team at the top of the world and in such good health, rather than from all the personal records he has achieved as the longest-serving captain the game has ever seen."

Smith is the second senior player to quit the Proteas Test side in recent times, with veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis having decided to focus on the shorter forms of the game and aim to play a part at the World Cup next year.

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