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Cricket | SA Team

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FEATURE: Smith - Captain, my Captain



South Africa's best-ever test captain, Graeme Smith, said an emotional farewell during the third and final test against Australia at Newlands.

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THE FACE OF SA CRICKET

He was seen as a brash, arrogant and aloof South African early in his reign, but no one can dispute the impact Graeme Smith had on the world stage as he became the most successful captain in test history.

Smith's decision to retire from international cricket just nine weeks after Jacques Kallis quit will usher in a new era for South African cricket, which now finds itself shorn of experience and potentially in a leadership crisis.

The 33-year-old's runs at the top of the order will be missed but so too will his strength of character and grit in times of adversity.

He has, in many ways, been the face of South African cricket over the last decade and played a key role in taking the side to the number one position in the test rankings.

Thrust into the captaincy role at the age of 22 following the resignation of Shaun Pollock after South Africa's miserable first round exit at the 2003 World Cup on home soil, Smith admitted it took him four or five years to settle into the job.

Captain Courageous
- Career in Pics

While many South African cricket fans have struggled to warm to him, few would argue that he deserves a place among the game's greats as he has won a record 53 tests as captain, many of those thanks to his own prowess with the bat.

Never the most elegant to watch, he bludgeoned his way to 27 test centuries, five of them double-hundreds, the last of which came less than five months ago against Pakistan in Dubai.

It has been his ability to grind out fourth innings runs, that has made him so well respected in the international game.

He led his side to two series wins in Australia and a triumph in England in 2012 that took the team to the summit of world cricket.

Despite suffering a series defeat to Australia in his final test match, he leaves the side at the very top of the game.

Smith had spoken in the build-up to the third test of still having the passion and desire for international cricket, of wanting to achieve more with this team.

A fifth batting failure in as many innings in the series may have led to him re-evaluating his future plans - the stark reality for South Africa is that they are now not just looking for a new opening batsman who can average close to 50 in test cricket but also a new leader.

There have only been a handful of regular captains of the national side since readmission to international cricket in 1991 - Kepler Wessels, Hansie Cronje, Pollock and Smith.

Choosing the right man to be number five on that list will be crucial.

One-day skipper AB de Villiers has been groomed for the test role and is likely take on the job but it is a big task for a player who at times has been the mainstay of the batting and also acts as wicketkeeper.

One thing is for sure - these are big boots to fill.

Nick Said, Reuters


STATISTICS

(As at March 6, 2014)

Batting and fielding averages

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 117 205 13 9265 277 48.25 15525 59.67 27 38 1165 24 169 0
ODIs 197 194 10 6989 141 37.98 8648 80.81 10 47 788 44 105 0
T20Is 33 33 2 982 89* 31.67 770 127.53 0 5 123 26 18 0
First-class 160 276 19 12653 311 49.23 36 50 231 0
List A 259 253 15 9331 141 39.2 14 67 137 0
Twenty20 84 84 6 2362 105 30.28 1914 123.4 1 11 290 50 35 0
Bowling averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Avg Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 117 37 1418 885 8 2/145 2/145 110.62 3.74 177.2 0 0 0
ODIs 197 43 1026 951 18 3/30 3/30 52.83 5.56 57 0 0 0
T20Is 33 3 24 57 0 - - - 14.25 - 0 0 0
First-class 160   1786 1132 11 2/145   102.9 3.8 162.3   0 0
List A 259   1968 1796 47 3/30 3/30 38.21 5.47 41.8 0 0 0
Twenty20 84 7 96 148 4 3/23 3/23 37 9.25 24 0 0 0


TEST STATISTICS IN DETAIL
Criteria Mat Runs H/S Bat Avg 100s Ct
v Australia 21 1238 122 32.57 3 36
v Bangladesh 8 743 232 82.55 3 12
v England 21 2051 277 56.97 7 34
v India 15 987 94 37.96 0 19
v New Zealand 13 847 125* 42.35 2 18
v Pakistan 16 1259 234 46.62 4 23
v Sri Lanka 7 385 74 35 0 10
v West Indies 14 1593 148 69.26 7 12
v Zimbabwe 2 162 121 81 1 5
 
year 2002 7 455 200 45.5 1 12
year 2003 12 1198 277 63.05 4 12
year 2004 11 921 139 46.05 2 7
year 2005 12 990 148 52.1 4 23
year 2006 8 405 68 27 0 9
year 2007 9 613 133 36.05 1 8
year 2008 15 1656 232 72 6 30
year 2009 5 213 75 30.42 0 5
year 2010 11 971 183 53.94 4 11
year 2011 5 322 101* 40.25 1 7
year 2012 10 825 131 48.52 3 23
year 2013 9 651 234 50.07 1 17
year 2014 3 45 14 7.5 0 5
             
won the toss 64 5046 277 45.87 13 83
lost the toss 53 4219 234 51.45 14 86
 
1st match innings 117 2877 277 50.47 10 61
2nd match innings 117 2831 259 48.81 9 50
3rd match innings 117 1946 183 42.3 4 36
4th match innings 81 1611 154* 51.96 4 22
 
won match 60 5214 259 61.34 18 102
lost match 30 1433 88 25.58 0 36
drawn match 27 2618 277 51.33 9 31


TEST RUNS - PER INNINGS



ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL RUNS - PER INNINGS



MATCHES AS TEST CAPTAIN COMPARED TO TOP CAPTAINS

Player Span Mat Won Lost Tied Draw W/L %W %L
GC Smith (ICC/SA) 2003-2014 109 53 29 0 27 1.82 48.62 26.6
AR Border (Aus) 1984-1994 93 32 22 1 38 1.45 34.4 23.65
SP Fleming (NZ) 1997-2006 80 28 27 0 25 1.03 35 33.75
RT Ponting (Aus) 2004-2010 77 48 16 0 13 3 62.33 20.77
CH Lloyd (WI) 1974-1985 74 36 12 0 26 3 48.64 16.21
SR Waugh (Aus) 1999-2004 57 41 9 0 7 4.55 71.92 15.78
A Ranatunga (SL) 1989-1999 56 12 19 0 25 0.63 21.42 33.92
MA Atherton (Eng) 1993-2001 54 13 21 0 20 0.61 24.07 38.88
WJ Cronje (SA) 1994-2000 53 27 11 0 15 2.45 50.94 20.75
MS Dhoni (India) 2008-2014 53 26 14 0 13 1.85 49.05 26.41
MP Vaughan (Eng) 2003-2008 51 26 11 0 14 2.36 50.98 21.56
IVA Richards (WI) 1980-1991 50 27 8 0 15 3.37 54 16
AJ Strauss (Eng) 2006-2012 50 24 11 0 15 2.18 48 22
MA Taylor (Aus) 1994-1999 50 26 13 0 11 2 52 26
SC Ganguly (India) 2000-2005 49 21 13 0 15 1.61 42.85 26.53
GS Chappell (Aus) 1975-1983 48 21 13 0 14 1.61 43.75 27.08
Imran Khan (Pak) 1982-1992 48 14 8 0 26 1.75 29.16 16.66
M Azharuddin (India) 1990-1999 47 14 14 0 19 1 29.78 29.78
SM Gavaskar (India) 1976-1985 47 9 8 0 30 1.12 19.14 17.02
BC Lara (WI) 1997-2006 47 10 26 0 11 0.38 21.27 55.31


MATCHES AS ODI CAPTAIN COMPARED TO TOP CAPTAINS

Player Span Mat Won Lost Tied N/R W/L %W %L
RT Ponting (Aus/ICC) 2002-2012 230 165 51 2 12 3.24 76.14 22.17
SP Fleming (NZ) 1997-2007 218 98 106 1 13 0.92 48.04 48.62
A Ranatunga (SL) 1988-1999 193 89 95 1 8 0.94 48.37 49.22
AR Border (Aus) 1985-1994 178 107 67 1 3 1.60 61.42 37.64
M Azharuddin (India) 1990-1999 174 90 76 2 6 1.18 54.16 43.68
MS Dhoni (India) 2007-2014 159 88 57 4 10 1.54 60.4 35.85
GC Smith (Afr/SA) 2003-2011 150 92 51 1 6 1.80 64.23 34.00
SC Ganguly (Asia/India) 1999-2005 147 76 66 0 5 1.15 53.52 44.90
Imran Khan (Pak) 1982-1992 139 75 59 1 4 1.27 55.92 42.45
WJ Cronje (SA) 1994-2000 138 99 35 1 3 2.83 73.7 25.36
DPMD Jayawardene (Asia/SL) 2004-2013 129 71 49 1 8 1.45 59.09 37.98
BC Lara (WI) 1994-2007 125 59 59 0 7 1 50 47.20
ST Jayasuriya (SL) 1998-2003 118 66 47 2 3 1.40 58.26 39.83
Wasim Akram (Pak) 1993-2000 109 66 41 2 0 1.61 61.46 37.61
SR Waugh (Aus) 1997-2002 106 67 35 3 1 1.91 65.23 33.02
IVA Richards (WI) 1980-1991 105 67 36 0 2 1.86 65.04 34.29
SM Pollock (Afr/ICC/SA) 2000-2005 97 60 33 3 1 1.82 64.06 34.02
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Asia/Pak) 2002-2007 90 52 34 0 4 1.53 60.46 37.78
RB Richardson (WI) 1991-1996 87 46 36 3 2 1.28 55.88 41.38
ADR Campbell (Zim) 1996-2002 86 30 52 2 2 0.58 36.9 60.47

Top 20 opening test batsmen of all time
Name Span Mat Inns N/O Runs H/S Avg 100 50 0
SM Gavaskar (India) 1971-1987 119 203 12 9607 221 50.29 33 42 11
GC Smith (ICC/SA) 2002-2014 114 196 12 9030 277 49.07 27 36 11
ML Hayden (Aus) 1994-2009 103 184 14 8625 380 50.73 30 29 14
V Sehwag (ICC/India) 2002-2013 99 170 6 8207 319 50.04 22 30 15
G Boycott (Eng) 1964-1982 107 191 23 8091 246* 48.16 22 42 10
GA Gooch (Eng) 1978-1995 100 184 6 7811 333 43.88 18 41 9
MA Taylor (Aus) 1989-1999 104 186 13 7525 334* 43.49 19 40 5
CG Greenidge (WI) 1974-1991 107 182 16 7488 226 45.1 19 34 11
MA Atherton (Eng) 1990-2001 108 197 6 7476 185* 39.14 16 45 17
DL Haynes (WI) 1978-1994 116 201 25 7472 184 42.45 18 39 10
AN Cook (Eng) 2006-2014 95 171 9 7469 294 46.1 23 33 7
CH Gayle (WI) 2000-2013 95 165 8 6747 333 42.97 15 33 14
AJ Strauss (Eng) 2004-2012 97 171 6 6741 169 40.85 20 27 14
L Hutton (Eng) 1937-1955 76 131 12 6721 364 56.47 19 31 5
ST Jayasuriya (SL) 1994-2007 90 152 9 5932 340 41.48 13 25 12
ME Trescothick (Eng) 2000-2006 76 142 9 5824 219 43.78 14 29 12
G Kirsten (SA) 1993-2002 84 149 12 5726 275 41.79 14 28 13
MS Atapattu (SL) 1997-2007 79 136 13 5317 249 43.22 16 17 16
MJ Slater (Aus) 1993-2001 74 131 7 5312 219 42.83 14 21 9
JG Wright (NZ) 1978-1993 80 144 6 5260 185 38.11 12 23 7



FACTBOX

* Born Feb. 1, 1981 in Johannesburg

EARLY CAREER

* Promising schoolboy cricketer at King Edward School in Johannesburg, picked for South Africa's under-19 team.

* Left-handed opener, who played his initial first-class cricket for Gauteng but soon moved to Cape Town at the age of 18 to play for Western Province.

TEST ACHIEVEMENTS

* Test debut against Australia in 2002 at Newlands, one month after his 21st birthday. Scored 68 in the second innings, batting No. 3, but South Africa lost.

* Took over as captain in his ninth test, with many sceptical about his leadership ability at age of 22. Won his first test as captain against Bangladesh by an innings and 60 runs.

* Made double centuries in consecutive tests - 277 at Edgbaston and 259 at Lords - on tour in England in 2003.

* His games as captain are 108 for South Africa and one for the ICC World XI against Australia in October 2005.

* Set a world record 415 for the first wicket with Neil McKenzie against Bangladesh at Chittagong in early 2008. They had finished day one with 405 runs, the most ever put on by a pair in a single day of test cricket without losing a wicket.

* Led South Africa to an away test series win over Australia in 2008 - their first home loss in almost two decades. His heroics in batting despite a broken hand in an attempt to save the third test won over many fans.

* Smith has led his side to 53 test victories, with a win percentage of 49.07. It is the most victories for a captain in test history.

* Wanted to relinquish the captaincy after the 2011 World Cup in India, where he took the rap for the team's brittle middle order, but was persuaded to stay on as test skipper by coach and former team mate Gary Kirsten.

* Led South Africa to test series wins over England and Australia in 2012 to confirm the country's status as the top test-playing nation.

RECORDS AS CAPTAIN

* He is the only captain to score 8000 runs - 8659 - in the annals of Test cricket in his career. He is the only captain to score 8000 runs representing a specific team – South Africa.

* He is one of the three captains to score 3000 runs - 3380 - on home soil. Others are – Ricky Ponting {3555} and Allan Border {3448}.

* His 3380 runs is a record aggregate Test runs by a South African captain for the most runs at home. He is the first non-Australian captain to amass 3000 runs at home.

* He also holds the record for a non-Australian captain to score 3000 runs at home. The previous best was 2820 by GA Gooch of England.

* His 27 hundreds is also a record for most hundreds by a captain in the annals of Test cricket. It is interesting to note that he is the only captain to score 20 hundreds in Tests.

* He is one of the three captains to score more than 30 half-centuries in Tests. The other two captains are – AR Border {35}, RT Ponting {35}. Smith has scored 38.

* He has played most number of Tests on away soil as captain – 56 – to be exact. He is the second captain to play most away Tests after CH Lloyd who has played 50 Tests on away soil. Thus GC Smith holds the record for captaining in most away Tests.

* He has scored most runs in away Tests – 5279 – to be exact. His 277 runs against England at Birmingham in July 2003 represent the highest individual score by a South African captain in an away Test.

* He remains the only captain to score 200 plus runs in consecutive Tests in his first two appearances as captain. This statistics holds good for a captain leading in away Tests. He scored 277 against England at Birmingham in Jul 2003 and followed it up with 259 against England at Lord's in July 2003.

* He has scored 17 hundreds in away Tests which is a record for most hundreds by a captain in away Tests. He is the only captain to score ten or more hundreds in away Tests.

* His 19 half centuries is also a record for most fifties by a captain in away Tests.

* He is the first non-Australian captain to hold the record for the highest individual score in a away Test. He scored 277 against England at Birmingham in Jul 2003. Mark Taylor and Bob Simpson are the other two captains to score 300 plus runs in an away Test. Taylor scored 334 not out against Pakistan at Peshawar in Oct 1998, while Simpson scored 311 against England at Manchester in July 1964.

* He became the first left handed captain to appear in 100 plus Tests on February 1, 2013 when he led South Africa against Pakistan at Johannesburg.

* He has an aggregate of 8538 runs which is a record aggregate for a left hander captain opening batsman in the annals of Test cricket.

* He holds the record for most hundreds by a captain in Test wins – 16 hundreds – to be exact. RT Ponting has 14 hundreds by a captain in Test wins.

* He holds the record for most number of runs in a calendar year as captain. He has scored 1656 runs in 2008. He is one of the six captains to score 1000 runs in a calendar year on two or more occasions.

* Smith is one of the two captains to appear in 15 Tests in a calendar year after RT Ponting. Smith appeared in 15 Tests in 2008 while Ponting appeared in the same number of Tests in 2005. Both these captains share the record for most number of Test in a calendar year.

* Smith also holds the record for most catches in a calendar year – 30 catches. He set this record in 2008 overhauling Mark Taylor's record of 27 catches in 1997.

* Smith holds the record for most catches by a Test captain – 155. He is one of the two captains to pouch 100 plus catches as Test captain in the annals of Test cricket – the other being SP Fleming of New Zealand who has pouched 132 catches.

* Smith is one of the three captains to pouch 50 plus catches on home soil – GC Smith - 75, SP Fleming - 69 and MA Taylor - 55.

* Smith's 80 catches is a record for most caches by a captain on away soil. He is one of the two captains to pouch 50 plus catches on away soil – the other being Stephen Fleming who has taken 63 catches.



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