The mighty Graeme Smith has announced that he is retiring from all forms of international cricket at the end of the current test between South Africa and Australia being held at Newlands. I remember the day he was announced as the Proteas captain..he was only 22 years old and everyone thought the selectors were mad. Turns out their decision was probably one of the best things ever to happen to SA cricket.
Will be sad to see him go, but i’m crossing fingers that SA can send him off on a high note and win the test. That would be a amazing end to a stellar career.
“This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my life. It’s a decision that I have been considering since my ankle surgery in April last year. I have a young family to consider, and I felt that retiring at Newlands would be the best way to end it because I have called this place home since I was 18 years-old.
“I have always been someone who has left everything out there on the field for my team and for my country. I’m extremely honoured and proud to have had the privilege to lead so many wonderful players and to have been a part of building the Proteas culture to what it is today. It is a culture that every player can be, and is, immensely proud of,”
“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the support from my parents and brother, my wife and children, my friends, my sponsors, my fans and to Cricket South Africa. I thank and honour the players who I have played with and those who have supported me and helped me to be the person and captain I am today. I have been fortunate to have had many highs, amongst them leading and being part of the best Test team in the world. I will cherish these memories for the rest of my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I bid my career a fond yet sad farewell,” [Cricket SA]
Farewell Graeme, your influence, leadership and skill will be missed.
[pic via @cricketpunter]