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Graeme Smith

01 January, 1970

He is left handed batsman and he is also an occasional off spin bowler.

Full name : Graeme Craig Smith
Born : February 1, 1981, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Current age : 25 years 271 days
Major teams : South Africa, Africa XI, Gauteng, Hampshire Cricket Board, ICC World XI, Somerset, Western Province
Batting style : Left-hand bat
Bowling style : Right-arm offbreak

Statsguru Test player, ODI player

 

 Batting and fielding averages
class  mat  inns  no  runs  hs  ave  bf  sr  100  50  4s  6s  ct  st
Tests   48   84   5   3891   277   49.25   6502   59.84   11   14   505   13   59   0
ODIs   94   93   5   3441   134*   39.10   4365   78.83   6   19   397   14   39   0
Twenty20 Int.   3   3   1   172   89*   86.00   127   135.43   0   2   24   2   2   0
First-class   83   144   10   6720   311   50.14         19   23         113   0
List A   145   143   10   5580   134*   41.95         10   37         65   0
Twenty20   17   17   2   598   105   39.86   426   140.37   1   4         10   0

 Bowling averages
class  mat  balls  runs  wkts  bbi  bbm  ave  econ  sr  4  5  10
Tests   48   1247   724   8   2/145   2/145   90.50   3.48   155.87   0   0   0
ODIs   94   734   687   11   3/30   3/30   62.45   5.61   66.72   0   0   0
Twenty20 Int.   3   18   41   0   -   -   -   13.66   -   0   0   0
First-class   83   1615   971   11   2/145      88.27   3.60   146.81      0   0
List A   145   1658   1515   40   3/30   3/30   37.87   5.48   41.45   0   0   0
Twenty20   17   90   132   4   3/23   3/23   33.00   8.80   22.50   0   0   0

 Career statistics
 
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Test debut  South Africa v Australia at Cape Town - Mar 8-12, 2002 scorecard
Last Test  South Africa v New Zealand at Johannesburg - May 5-9, 2006 scorecard
ODI debut  South Africa v Australia at Bloemfontein - Mar 30, 2002 scorecard
Last ODI  Pakistan v South Africa at Chandigarh - Oct 27, 2006 scorecard
Twenty20 Int. debut  South Africa v New Zealand at Johannesburg - Oct 21, 2005 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Int.  South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg - Feb 24, 2006 scorecard
First-class span  1999/00 - 2005/06
List A span  1999/00 - 2006/07
Twenty20 span  2003/04 - 2005/06

 Notes
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2004

 Profile

In March 2003, at the age of 22, Graeme Smith became South Africa's youngest-ever captain, when he took over from Shaun Pollock following the disastrous World Cup campaign. A tall aggressive left-hand opener, Smith had few leadership credentials - and barely a handful of internationals under his belt - but for a nation eager for a fresh start after the disasters of the Hansie Cronje affair, Smith was clearly made of the right stuff. The selectors' faith was amply justified on South Africa's tour of England in 2003, when Smith scored back-to-back Test double-centuries - a national-record 277 at Edgbaston, and a match-winning 259 at Lord's - to put his side in firm command of the five-Test series. Smith had quickly settled in at the highest level, right from the moment he took Matthew Hayden's invective on the chin to score a battling half-century on his Test debut. Until his appointment, Smith's career had been hampered to a certain degree by South Africa's controversial quota system. His Test debut was delayed when Ashwell Prince was selected for the first Test against Australia in 2001-02, and he also missed out on original selection for the 2003 World Cup, although he later joined the squad when Jonty Rhodes cracked a finger.

Smith woke up to the harsh life of international cricket with a jolt in 2004. Reality bit fiercest on the subcontinent, where a declining South African side lost Test series to India and Sri Lanka. There was also a run of 11 defeats in 12 one-day internationals, the start of an ultimately fruitless struggle with England, and personal humiliation after some wily mind games from Stephen Fleming in Auckland. Yet for the most part, Smith continued to crunch runs aplenty. There was one minor epic: an unbeaten 125 to square the series in New Zealand that was made of granite. Smith yielded to no man physically, but he could be brought to his knees by more insidious means. By the end of the year, as Matthew Hoggard's in-swinger had him fumbling around his front pad time after time, even the runs had started to dry up. But he roared back to form in the series against West Indies in 2005, when he piled on three consecutive hundreds, and became the first captain since 1977 to finish a Caribbean tour without losing a game. He recently captained South Africa to a thrilling 3-2 one-day series win over Australia at home in perhaps the greatest cracker of all. In a record-breaking contest between bat and ball, Smith powered his side's reply to Australia's 434 for 4 by hitting 90 from 55 and adding 187 for the second wicket with Herschelle Gibbs in just 20.1 overs. South Africa eventually won the match in 49.1 overs and Smith had a suitable boost going into the three-Test series. Torn ligaments in his right ankle, sustained during a running injury in Knysna, ruled Smith out for 12 weeks but he was retained as South Africa's captain for the Champions Trophy in India.


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