Ultimate Test XI Profile: Graeme Smith

By Sports Desk May 07, 2020
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Graeme Smith made his name with a tour of England in 2003. He made consecutive double hundreds and his 259 remains the highest score by a foreigner at Lord's. Smith finished the series with an aggregate of 714 runs at an average of 79.33, and ended up as the joint Man of the Series.

Smith's captaincy as well as his batting mirror his personality; strong, demonstrative and outwardly aggressive. As with all left-handers, he is strong off the pads and will punish the loose ones on the offside with equal felicity. Though he may not look as elegant as most lefties do, Smith is a relentless attacker and scores his runs quickly thereby giving his side the chance to bowl out most teams.

 

Career Statistics 

Full name: Graeme Craig Smith

Born: February 1, 1981, Johannesburg, Transvaal

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

Playing role: Opening batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

 

Test Career – South Africa (2002-2014)

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs     HS     Ave      SR         100s 50s   

117    205    13        9265     277    48.25    59.67       27     38    

 

Career Highlights

  • Holds the world record of captaining in most number of Test matches. He is also the only player to captain in excess of 100 Test matches. (109 – 108 as captain for South Africa, and 1 for ICC).
  • Holds the world record of highest number of wins in Test matches as a captain with 53 wins.
  • Holds the most number of centuries (15) by a captain in Test match wins.
  • He also holds the world record of a non-wicketkeeper taking most catches (82) in Test match wins.
  • Fastest South African cricketer to reach 1000 Test runs.
  • Holds the record for scoring the most number of Test runs as captain (8659).

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