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Graeme Smith calls time on his career

SMITH OUT FOR 108:The South Africa skipper has won two away Test series against both England and Australia in his 108 matches in charge, a feat achieved by no other captain

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“Although Graeme’s decision to retire from all forms of international cricket comes as a surprise to all of us, we must respect him for deciding to call time,” Lorgat said. “I would like us to remember Graeme for his nerves of steel and his match-winning performances that were synonymous with some of the most remarkable fourth-innings victory chases of all time.”

Smith captained South Africa in 149 one-day internationals, before relinquishing the role in 2010. South Africa won 92 matches under his leadership, with 51 losses, one tie and five no-results.

He also captained South Africa in 27 Twenty20 internationals, winning 18 and losing nine.

As a determined left-handed opening batsman, Smith has scored 9,262 runs in 117 Tests at an average of 48.49 with a second innings against Australia to come.

In 347 international matches across all formats he scored 17,228 runs.

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